Sex pervades our culture, going far beyond the confines of the bedroom into the workplace, the church and the media. Yet despite all the attention and even obsession devoted to sex, human sexuality remains confusing and even foreboding. What, after all, is authentic human sexuality?
That is the question Judith and Jack Balswick set out to answer in this wide-ranging and probing book. Informed by sociology, psychology and theology, the Balswicks investigate how human sexuality originates both biologically and socially, lay groundwork for a normative Christian interpretation of sexuality, show how authentic sexuality is necessarily grounded in relationships, and explore such forms of "inauthentic sexuality" as sexual harassment, pornography and rape.
Since its first publication in 1999, Authentic Human Sexuality has established itself as a standard text at numerous colleges and seminaries. While maintaining the book's overall structure, this new paper edition offers updated discussions and bibliographies throughout, including a completely new chapter on sexual development throughout the human lifespan and a substantially revised chapter on sexual beings in relationship that incorporates a trinitarian theological perspective.
A new generation of students, pastors, psychologists and sociologists engaged in counseling will be indebted to the Balswicks for this updated study of this endlessly fascinating and perplexing facet of human identity.
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About the Author
Judith K. Balswick (Ed.D., University of Georgia) is a licensed and practicing marriage and family therapist who has been in practice for over thirty years and has taught for over twenty years in the marriage and family therapy program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
She has served on the editorial board of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal and has contributed articles to that journal and to several others, including Family Ministry Journal, American Journal of Pastoral Counseling, Journal of Psychology and Christianity and Marriage Partnership. She is author or coauthor of The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home, The Gift of Gender, Mothers and Daughters Making Peace, Raging Hormones, Life Ties, Then They Leave Home, Family Pain, Relationship-Empowerment Parenting, The Two-Paycheck Marriage and A Model for Marriage: Covenant, Grace, Empowerment and Intimacy.
Jack O. Balswick (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is senior professor of sociology and family development at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He has twice received an American Senior Fulbright Scholar Fellowship.
He has been associate editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Relations, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and Review of Religious Research. He has authored or coauthored articles in over seventy professional publications and has presented papers at conferences around the world. He is author or coauthor of seventeen books, including Men at the Crossroads, The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home, The Gift of Gender, Social Problems: A Christian Understanding and Response, Relationship-Empowerment Parenting, Authentic Human Sexuality, The Reciprocating Self: Human Development in Theological Perspective and A Model for Marriage: Covenant, Grace, Empowerment and Intimacy.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Origin and Formation of Sexuality
1 Sexuality: A Historical, Sociocultural Context
2 Human Sexuality: An Interactive Developmental Model
3 Principles of Authentic Sexuality
4 Sexual Beings in Relationship
5 Homosexuality: The Complexity of Explanations
6 Homosexuality: A Christian Response
Part 2: Authentic Sexuality
7 Sexuality and Singleness
8 Premarital Cohabitation: Cautions and Concerns
9 Marital Sexuality: Maximizing Sexual Fulfillment
10 Extramarital Sex: Causes and Consequences
Part 3: Inauthentic Sexuality
11 Sexual Harassment: The Uninvited Eroticizing of a Relationship
12 Sexual Abuse: A Violation Deep Within the Soul
13 Rape and Sexual Violence: Destructive Sexualized Power
14 Pornography and Erotica
15 Sexual Addiction
Part 4: Conclusion
16 The Sexually Authentic Society