As My Own Soul

As My Own Soul

by Chris Glaser


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As My Own Soul by Chris Glaser

With the removal of sexual orientation as a bar to ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), pending approval of a majority of presbyteries, and the Episcopal Church’s 2009 General Convention calling for the development of theological and liturgical resources for same-sex blessings, sexual orientation—especially with regard to marriage—is a central issue. Secularly, too, the topic is front-page news with the recent California same-gender marriage ruling and subsequent Proposition 8 vote and the update of the Massachusetts same-gender marriage law.

This book sets forth the case for religious institutions’ blessing of same-gender marriage, positing that same-gender marriage does not detract from the sacredness of heterosexual marriage, but rather enhances and nourishes the institution.

Chapters include:

  • “Claiming the Blessing”
  • “Deeper Than Scripture”
  • “Traditional Family Values”
  • “The Sacred Source of Marriage”
  • “Sex and the Body of Christ”
  • “Marriage As a Spiritual Discipline”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596271180
Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/28/2009
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 1,270,164
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Acknowledgments x

Chapter 1 Claiming the Blessing 1

Chapter 2 Deeper than Scripture: Taboo, Shame, and Sex-Negativity Biblical, Cultural, and Visceral Responses 23

Chapter 3 Traditional Family Values: Marriage, Procreation, and Family 47

Chapter 4 The Sacred Source of Marriage: Holy Origins and Sacramental Dimensions 73

Chapter 5 Sex and the Body of Christ 101

Chapter 6 As My Own Soul: Marriage as a Spiritual Discipline 125

Selected Bibliography Related to Marriage 149

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