"Very many people, including not a few Christians, do not find the Christian tradition very helpful for making sense of sex. It is not that people willfully forsake a demanding sexual ethic for a more easygoing worldly one. It is that they often cannot see the point of its ‘demandingness.’"
Adrian Thatcher's project lays out a wholeheartedly liberal approach to sex and sexuality.
Using theological ideas, biblical passages and Christian doctrines, Thatcher places them intelligibly in a twenty-first-century context. Subjects covered include desire, bodies, sexual difference, marriage, spirituality, and sexualities.
Table of Contents
1 Making sense of the sources 1
2 Making sense of desire - from repression to expression 16
3 Making sense of bodies - from 'sinful bodies' to the Body of Christ 29
4 Making sense of sexual difference - from difference to indifference 42
5 Making sense of homosexuality - from disgust to delight 56
6 Making sense of marriage - from patriarchy to partnership 69
7 Making sense of Spirit - from crucifixion to inspiration 85
Further reading 102