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The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life

The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life

by Dennis P. Hollinger


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Our culture is not only sex-crazed but also deeply confused about sex and sexual ethics. Unfortunately, Christians seem equally confused, and the church has tended to respond with simplistic answers. The reason for this confusion is that the meaning of sex has been largely lost.

Dennis Hollinger argues that there is indeed a God-given meaning to sex. This meaning, found in the Christian worldview, provides a framework for a biblical sexual ethic that adequately addresses the many contemporary moral issues. The Meaning of Sex provides a good balance between accessible theology and engaging discussion of the practical issues Christians are facing, including premarital sex, sex within marriage, homosexuality, reproductive technologies, and faithful living in a sex-obsessed world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801035715
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dennis P. Hollinger (PhD, Drew University) is president and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and is a former pastor. He is the author of numerous articles and the author or series coeditor of several books, including Choosing the Good and Head, Heart, and Hands: Bringing Together Christian Thought, Passion, and Action.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What's at Stake in Sexual Morality?
Part 1: Frameworks
1. Ethical Theories and Sex
2. Worldviews and Sex
3. The Christian Worldview and Sex
4. The Purposes of Sex
Part 2: Issues
5. Sex before Marriage
6. Sex in Marriage
7. The Challenge of Homosexuality
8. Reproductive Technologies and Sexual Ethics
9. Living in a Sex-Crazed World

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