Theology and Sexuality: Classic and Contemporary Readings / Edition 1

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Pt. I How and How Not to Think Theologically about the Body
1 Embodiment in Time and Eternity: A Syriac Perspective 3
2 The Appeal to Experience 23
Pt. II Liturgical Resources
3 The Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage 45
4 The Betrothal Service 53
5 Order of Second Marriage 57
6 Office of Same-sex Union (eleventh century) 61
7 Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day 66
Pt. III Classical Resources
8 from The Good Marriage 71
9 from Homily I on Marriage 87
10 from Against the Opponents of the Monastic Life 93
11 Hymns of Divine Love, 15 96
12 from Commentary on Romans 1:18-29 104
13 from The Spiritual Canticle: Songs Between the Soul and the Bridegroom 107
14 Freedom for Community 114
15 from The Epistle to the Romans 116
Pt. IV Contemporary Philosophical Resources
16 Sexual Perversion 125
17 Moral Abominations 137
Pt. V Nuptial Hermeneutics, Or What Marriage Means
18 The Crisis of an Ethic without Desire 157
19 from The Original Unity of Man and Woman: Catechesis on the Book of Genesis 170
20 from The Sacrament of Love: The Nuptial Mystery in the Light of the Orthodox Tradition 179
21 Faithfulness 194
22 The Relationship of Bodies: A Nuptial Hermeneutics of Same-sex Unions 200
23 Sanctification, Homosexuality, and God's Triune Life 217
Pt. VI Catholic Controversies
24 Letter to the Catholic Bishops on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons 249
25 The Pope Converts: Imagination, Bureaucracy, Silence 259
26 Alone Again, Naturally: The Catholic Church and the Homosexual 275
27 Gay Friendship: A Thought Experiment in Catholic Moral Theology 289
Pt. VII Trinitarian Resources
28 The Body's Grace 309
29 Trinitarian Friendship: Same-gender Models of Godly Love in Richard of St. Victor and Aelred of Rievaulx 322
Pt. VIII Anthropology and Christology
30 Sanctifying Nearness 343
31 [Logos and Biography] 356
32 [Marriage and Idolatry] 362
Pt. IX Ecclesial Voices
33 Disputed Questions: Debate and Discernment, Scripture and the Spirit 367
34 Homosexuality in the Church: Can there be a Fruitful Theological Debate? 373
35 Theology amidst the Stones and Dust 387
App.: Biblical Resources 409
Scripture Index 411
General Index 413
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