The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life

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Baker Academic, Jun 1, 2009 - Religion - 272 pages
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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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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
ethical Theories and Sex
23
Worldviews and Sex
43
The Christian Worldview and Sex
69
The Purposes of Sex
93
Sex before Marriage
119
Sex in Marriage
145
The Challenge of Homosexuality
171
Reproductive Technologies and Sexual ethics
199
Living in a SexCrazed World
223
Notes
247
Subject Index
269
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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.

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