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Theology and Sexuality: Classic and Contemporary Readings

ISBN: 978-0-631-21276-8
448 pages
February 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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This much-needed volume draws on a wide range of resources and some of the freshest talent in the field to examine debates about theology and sexuality. Material is drawn from a variety of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary texts to provide readers with a broad perspective on the issues discussed.
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Part I: How and How Not to Think Theologically About the Body.

Part II: Biblical Resources.

Part III: Liturgical Resources.

Part IV: Classical Resources..

Part V: Contemporary Philosophical Resources.

Part VI: Nuptial Hermeneutics, Or What Marriage Means.

Part VII: Catholic Controversies.

Part VIII: Prohibitionist Manifestos.

Part IX: Contemporary Biblical Arguments.

Part X: Trinitarian Resources.

Part XI: Anthropology and Christology.

Part XII: Ecclesial Voices.

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Eugene F. Rogers is Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and Chair of the Program in Theology, Ethics and Culture in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His previous publications include Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth (1995) and Sexuality and the Christian Body (Blackwell Publishers, 1999).
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  • Includes classic and contemporary readings from Protestantism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and the Enlightenment.

  • Presents arguments from scripture, tradition, the nature of the church and the means of grace, rather than from experience.

  • Organised under theological headings rather than in a ‘for and against' format.

  • Includes previously untranslated material by Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth.
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"Sexuality is a bitterly contested territory for many, probably most, Christians these days, and the climate of rather frantic controversy hasn't encourage a really theological debate. Here is a first-class resource for such debate, not propagandising, but setting out a broad spectrum of reflection on the issues that underlie the sniping of sexual politics - reflection on the meanings of the body itself for Christians, within a richly informed and traditionally literate framework. It is very welcome." Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Monmouth <!--end-->

"The readings offer thoughtful reflections on the meanings of the body, homosexuality, marriage, and the interpretation of scripture. The book should inform the debate in a helpful way." Church Times

"Those seeking information to guide them around the contemporary debate in the church about sexuality will welcome the publication of Theology and Sexuality." Expository Times

"...a valuable resource for anyone who wants to think through the fundamental questions it poses: 'What does God want with sex, anyway?'" The Way

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