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Christine A. Colón (PhD, University of California at Davis) is associate professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She has published articles in Women's Writing, Renascence, and Brontë Studies as well as in several volumes of collected essays. Bonnie E. Field is an educational consultant and curriculum specialist who lives in Dallas, Georgia. She has also taught English at Arizona College of the Bible and Wayland Baptist University.
Introduction: Our Journey 9
Part 1 Navigating Our Path
1 Repression & Neuroses: Negative Secular Views of Celibacy 21
2 Power & Freedom: Positive Secular Views of Celibacy 37
3 Chastity & Holiness: Positive Christian Views of Celibacy 54
4 Sin & Selfishness: Negative Christian Views of Celibacy 77
Part 2 Encountering Dangerous Messages along the Way
5 Lust & Avoidance: Dangerous Messages about Sexual Temptation 99
6 Happiness & Maturity: Dangerous Messages about Sex and Marriage 122
Part 3 Searching for a New Direction
7 Covenant & Inclusion: Views of Celibacy in Scripture 149
8 Monks & Martyrs: Views of Celibacy in the Church's Past 172
9 Discipline & Community: Views of Celibacy in Contemporary Christian Thought 201
Afterword: Where Do We Go from Here? 223
Posted February 19, 2013
A must read, especially for those who are discerning whether marriage or celibacy is right for them - and for churches that are struggling with their singles ministries.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2011
Could we make this required reading for all marrieds and singles in the church? What an amazingly better place the church would be . . . The questions raised in this book just keep coming back to me, and I'm somewhat entranced by the vision of the church as presented by Colon and Field. If you have ever been single or know anyone who is :), read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.