Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church

Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church

by Christine Colón, Bonnie Field
Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church

Singled Out: Why Celibacy Must Be Reinvented in Today's Church

by Christine Colón, Bonnie Field

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Overview

Authors Christine Colón and Bonnie Field thought that by a certain age they would each be married. But they watched that age come and go--and still no walks down the aisle.

In Singled Out, they reflect on their experience--and that of an increasing number of Christians. Rejecting overly simplistic messages from the church about "waiting for marriage," they explore a deeper understanding of celibacy that affirms singles' decision to be sexually pure, acknowledges their struggles, and recognizes their importance in the church community.

Thoughtful and accessible, Singled Out is an invaluable voice of realistic encouragement for any single as well as an important tool for church leaders and others concerned with mission and ministry for singles.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441204288
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 256
File size: 380 KB

About the Author

Christine A. Colón (PhD, University of California at Davis) is associate professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She has published articles in Women's Writing, Renascence, and Brontë Studies as well as in several volumes of collected essays. Bonnie E. Field is an educational consultant and curriculum specialist who lives in Dallas, Georgia. She has also taught English at Arizona College of the Bible and Wayland Baptist University.
Christine A. Colon (PhD, University of California at Davis) is associate professor of English at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. She has published articles in Women's Writing, Renascence, and Bronte Studies as well as in several volumes of collected essays.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction: Our Journey 9

Part 1 Navigating Our Path

1 Repression & Neuroses: Negative Secular Views of Celibacy 21

2 Power & Freedom: Positive Secular Views of Celibacy 37

3 Chastity & Holiness: Positive Christian Views of Celibacy 54

4 Sin & Selfishness: Negative Christian Views of Celibacy 77

Part 2 Encountering Dangerous Messages along the Way

5 Lust & Avoidance: Dangerous Messages about Sexual Temptation 99

6 Happiness & Maturity: Dangerous Messages about Sex and Marriage 122

Part 3 Searching for a New Direction

7 Covenant & Inclusion: Views of Celibacy in Scripture 149

8 Monks & Martyrs: Views of Celibacy in the Church's Past 172

9 Discipline & Community: Views of Celibacy in Contemporary Christian Thought 201

Afterword: Where Do We Go from Here? 223

Bibliography 234

Notes 245

Index 254

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