The Puzzle of Sex / Edition 1

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Almost everyone is directly affected by questions involving sex and sexual ethics - yet few are aware of the background to current views on topics such as sex before and after marriage, sex as procreation and fulfilment, homosexuality, sexual abuse, rape and contraception. In clear and entertaining language, it digs beneath complex attitudes to enable readers to think through the most challenging issues of the day.

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Argues that a reappraisal of traditional sexual morality can and should be undertaken within an expanded Judeo-Christian framework. The author explores the evolution of sexual ethics from the creation stories of Adam and Eve, through the Ten Commandments, the stories of Jesus, the early church, and the Reformation, to the ideas of Freud, Jung, and current psychological perspectives. Writing that we need to look at sex before marriage, homosexuality, adultery, and other issues in a new light, he rejects appeals to natural law, the Bible, religious authority, social duty, and community values as arguments for maintaining the old outlook. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765601728
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/5/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The Sexual Challenge 1

Pt. 1 The Puzzle of Sex - A Developing Understanding 9

1 The Creation Stories 11

2 Women and Sex in the Hebrew Scriptures 21

3 Jesus - A Scandalous Figure 37

4 Men, Women and Sex - The Early Christian Tradition 49

5 East and West - Different Christian Perspectives 66

6 Reformation Thinkers 80

7 Old Wine in New Bottles - The Basis for Sexual Ethics Today 87

Pt. 2 The Puzzle of Sex Today 101

8 Psychological Perspectives 103

9 The Sexual Revolution 120

10 Contraception and its Social Effects 131

11 Transactional Sex 141

12 Love and Marriage 152

13 The Old Gods Return 165

14 Sex and Becoming Fully Human 175

15 Infidelity, Adultery and Betrayal 192

16 Homosexual Relationships 204

17 Bringing the Threads Together 226

Index 239

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