Sexual Ethics

Sexual Ethics

by Stanley J. Grenz
     
 

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In this biblically grounded study, Stanley Grenz synthesizes theology, ethics, and current medical research to offer an evangelical perspective on the profound role which sexuality plays in our lives, and in doing so, calls the church to be a reconciling community which proclaims God's grace to all.

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In this biblically grounded study, Stanley Grenz synthesizes theology, ethics, and current medical research to offer an evangelical perspective on the profound role which sexuality plays in our lives, and in doing so, calls the church to be a reconciling community which proclaims God's grace to all.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This conservative treatment of sexuality is yet another attack on homosexuality delivered under cover of "traditional family values." Grenz maintains that this is a "transitional era" that affords an opportunity to read the classics anew; but, for the most part, the "classics" he has in mind are scriptural texts, and he doesn't so much read them anew as read them again. His argument follows a familiar outline: to be human is to be embodied; sexuality is an essential dimension of embodiment; "normal" sexuality is most fully realized in monogamous heterosexual marriage, but "singleness" is also a biblically sanctioned expression of human sexuality. There's a hint of some potential fresh air in Grenz's assertion that "community" is God's "ultimate intention" for humanity, an assertion that could conceivably open the way for a thorough examination of the myriad ways in which community finds expression. But it doesn't. It becomes an occasion for establishing a choice between monogamous heterosexual marriage and "singleness" as normativeand for dismissing all homosexual relationships as deficient. One can only hope that readers will be more serious than Grenz about a "new" reading of "classic" texts, for human community as a spiritual metaphor for God's embodiment is a "classic" theme full of contemporary possibilities. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664257507
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
09/01/1999
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Stanley J. Grenz was Pioneer McDonald Professor of Theology at Carey Theological College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,and Professor of Theological Studies at Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington, prior to his death in 2004. He authored a number of books, including What Christians Really Believe & Why; and Sexual Ethics: An Evangelical Perspective.

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