The Ethics of Sex / Edition 1

The Ethics of Sex / Edition 1

by Mark D. Jordan
     
 

The topic of sexual ethics and interest in sexuality in theology generally, has grown considerably in recent years. Mark Jordan has written a provocative and stimulating introduction to the issues involved, filling a much-needed void in this field. Jordan summarizes key topics and themes in the teaching and discussion of religious ethics as well as pushing forward

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The topic of sexual ethics and interest in sexuality in theology generally, has grown considerably in recent years. Mark Jordan has written a provocative and stimulating introduction to the issues involved, filling a much-needed void in this field. Jordan summarizes key topics and themes in the teaching and discussion of religious ethics as well as pushing forward the debate in interesting and original directions.

The Ethics of Sex is divided into three parts, covering problems in principles of ethics, difficulties in the history of ethics, such as marriage, divorce, and crimes against nature; and finally, new possibilities in Christianity, such as redeeming pleasure. The discussion throughout the volume shows the distinctive power of Christian rhetoric to create, develop, and impose moral identities for which sex is central. Some of these identities are positive, such as the Virgin Martyr, which others are sexual sin-identities, such as the Adulterer or the Sodomite. However, we can only move beyond these established "characters" by recognizing that they were written to be theological roles – and that some theology may be needed to rewrite them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631218180
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/04/2001
Series:
New Dimensions to Religious Ethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: Candid Advice to the Reader1
1The Vices of Christian Ethics4
2Scriptural Authorities20
3A New Life beyond Sex47
4Crimes against Nature76
5Marriage Acts107
6Attack upon Christendom131
7Redeeming Pleasures155
Epilogue: Sex and Schism173
Works Cited176
Subject Index184
Index of Biblical References196

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