Heterosexism: An Ethical Challenge

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State University of New York Press, Dec 23, 1993 - Philosophy - 234 pages
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In this ground-breaking book the authors show that the prevailing sexual ethic is no longer useful. It presumes as ideal, a uniform morality based on a limited understanding of human sexuality. Heterosexism is revealed to be a system of prejudice that both grows out of and supports this ethic. It produces various forms of discrimination, particularly those against gay and lesbian people, that cannot be justified.

The authors investigate scripture and tradition and explore emerging social scientific data regarding sexual identity, taking seriously the experiences of gay and lesbian Christians. Their investigation supports the view that reformation of Christian sexual ethics is both necessary and possible. They suggest that offering a pluriform rather than a uniform sexual ethic will result in a more responsible and viable dialogue on the ethical questions that emerge when we move beyond heterosexism.

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Patricia Beattie Jung is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics at Wartburg Theological Seminary. She is a Roman Catholic laywoman. She has published many scholarly articles and co-edited with Thomas A. Shannon an anthology on Abortion and Catholicism: The American Debate.

Ralph F. Smith is Associate Professor of Liturgics and Dean of the Chapel at Wartburg Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Lutheran pastor. His published works include scholarly articles for Worship, Interpretation, and Currents in Theology and Mission, as well as sermons and lectures.

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