A House Divided: Sexuality, Morality, and Christian Cultures

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Wipf and Stock Publishers, Mar 29, 2016 - Social Science - 278 pages
A House Divided helps answer the question, how do Christians form moral judgments about sex-linked issues? After analyzing key differences between conservative and progressive Christians on such divisive issues as abortion, sex education, and same-sex marriage, readers will learn how a combination of four factors can lead to principled Christian morality. First, a review of diverse interpretive comments on relevant Scriptures can help identify a foundation for agreement as well as sharpen differences. Second, a review of psychological factors can help identify prejudices, personality traits, and powerful emotions that intensify and color public debate. Third, new research on moral psychology will add six dimensions of analysis to appreciating the reasons conservatives and progressives draw upon when forming moral judgments. And finally, knowledge about sexual attraction, sexual orientation, conception, and sexual health is vital to thinking ethically about the specific issues addressed in this book.
 

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Contents

The Influence of Spirituality and Thinking on Morality
26
The Influence of Personality Physiology Emotions
49
Psychology and Sexuality
79
Sexuality and Healthy Relationships
96
Christian Cultures and Contemporary Sexuality
119
Marriage Divorce and Sexual Relationships
149
Sexual Orientation and Same Sex Relationships
172
Sex and Gender Roles
195
Sexual Violence and Christianity
209
Sexuality Morality and Redemption
231
Bibliography
245
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Geoffrey W. Sutton is a psychologist and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of a hundred publications, including Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration (2010).

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