Meaning of Sex, The: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life

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Good Sex Is Found in the Meaning of Sex

In a culture deeply confused about sex and sexual ethics that often sends conflicting messages—at times promoting an "anything goes" attitude while at other times seeking to impose limits on sexual behavior—and a church that frequently responds with simplistic answers, the real meaning of sex has been largely lost. In this book, Dennis Hollinger counters the confusion, arguing for an inherent, God-given meaning to sex. This meaning ...

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Overview

Good Sex Is Found in the Meaning of Sex

In a culture deeply confused about sex and sexual ethics that often sends conflicting messages—at times promoting an "anything goes" attitude while at other times seeking to impose limits on sexual behavior—and a church that frequently responds with simplistic answers, the real meaning of sex has been largely lost. In this book, Dennis Hollinger counters the confusion, arguing for an inherent, God-given meaning to sex. This meaning provides a framework for a wholistic biblical sexual ethic that adequately addresses contemporary moral issues such as premarital sex, sex within marriage, homosexuality, reproductive technologies, and faithful living in a sex-saturated world.

"Dennis Hollinger addresses the complex issues of sexuality with a rare combination of theological-philosophical expertise, cultural savvy, and pastoral sensitivity. In doing so, he goes beyond general references to 'love and justice' to take seriously the specifics of what the Bible says about this most intimate area of our lives. The Meaning of Sex is a much-needed 'for such a time as this' book."—Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Debates and dialogues about sexual ethics spin in circles unless we clarify 'the meaning of sex.' Indeed, what sets apart a truly Christian sexual ethic is that it is founded on the distinctive meanings of sex and sexuality established by God and revealed in the Scriptures. Hollinger's book articulates these foundations persuasively and then mines them to clarify the most pressing ethical and moral challenges facing the church today."—Stanton L. Jones, Wheaton College; author, Ex-Gays? and God's Design for Sex

"One of the greatest needs today of young and old alike is to rediscover the liberating freedom that accompanies understanding and experiencing sex in all its God-ordained glory. Dennis Hollinger has given us what I believe to be the best contemporary treatment on this timely subject. This is not just a book for ethicists. I'll be recommending it as a must read for all pastors, parents, youth workers, and young adults."—Walt Mueller, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801035715
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 806,792
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis P. Hollinger (PhD, Drew University) is president and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and is a former pastor. He is the author of numerous articles and the author or series coeditor of several books, including Choosing the Good and Head, Heart, and Hands: Bringing Together Christian Thought, Passion, and Action.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: What's at Stake in Sexual Morality?
Part 1: Frameworks
1. Ethical Theories and Sex
2. Worldviews and Sex
3. The Christian Worldview and Sex
4. The Purposes of Sex
Part 2: Issues
5. Sex before Marriage
6. Sex in Marriage
7. The Challenge of Homosexuality
8. Reproductive Technologies and Sexual Ethics
9. Living in a Sex-Crazed World
Index

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