Sex for Christians: The Limits and Liberties of Sexual Living / Edition 1

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Overview

Now considered a classic statement on sex and sexuality from a Christian perspective, Lewis B. Smedes's Sex for Christians offers a frank yet compassionate discussion that is refreshingly open-minded and strongly biblical. The book is divided into three major sections. The first, "Sex and Christian People," overviews human sexuality -- its created goodness, its sinful distortions, and its redeemed potential -- what we are as human sexual beings. Part Two, "Sex and Single People," and Part Three, "Sex and Married People," are about sexual behavior in each succeeding stage of life -- the things we do as sexual beings.

With the addition of an extensive epilogue, Smedes brings his text into clear focus with today's pressing issues -- AIDS, cohabitation, homosexuality, and the need to develop Christian strategies regarding sex. And with the hindsight of two decades since Sex for Christians first came out, Smedes presents an even stronger statement of his two sources of authority: the Bible's moral standards regarding sex, and the authority of reality as we discern it.

Smedes's attempt to present "a Christian perspective for a truly human sexual life" has resulted in a sexual morality that, within a biblical perspective, is as liberating as it is limiting.

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Christianity Today
"Sets the standard for a Christian sexual ethic."
Christianity Today
Sets the standard for a Christian sexual ethic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802807434
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

(1921—2002) Was professor emeritus of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. Among his many books are Forgive and Forget, Shame and Grace, How Can It Be All Right When Everything Is All Wrong?, Love within Limits, and Mere Morality."
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Pt. 1 Sex and Christian People
1 How Do You Feel about It? 3
2 Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad in It 13
3 Distorted Sexuality 27
4 Salvation and Sexuality 61
Pt. 2 Sex and Single People
5 Sexual Intercourse 91
6 Why Get Married? 117
7 Responsible Petting 129
Pt. 3 Sex and Married People
8 Creative Fidelity 145
9 Adultery 167
10 Sexual Freedom in Marriage 201
Second Thoughts 227
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