Authentic Human Sexuality

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-06-01
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr

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Sex pervades our culture, going far beyond the confines of the bedroom into the workplace, the church and the media. Yet despite all the attention and even obsession devoted to sex, human sexuality remains confusing and even foreboding. What, after all, is authentic human sexuality?That is the question Judith and Jack Balswick set out to answer in this wide-ranging and probing book. Informed by sociology, psychology and theology, the Balswicks investigate how human sexuality originates both biologically and socially, lay groundwork for a normative Christian interpretation of sexuality, show how authentic sexuality is necessarily grounded in relationships, and explore such forms of "inauthentic sexuality" as sexual harassment, pornography and rape.Since its first publication in 1999,Authentic Human Sexualityhas established itself as a standard text at numerous colleges and seminaries. While maintaining the book's overall structure, this new paper edition offers updated discussions and bibliographies throughout, including a completely new chapter on sexual development throughout the human lifespan and a substantially revised chapter on sexual beings in relationship that incorporates a trinitarian theological perspective.A new generation of students, pastors, psychologists and sociologists engaged in counseling will be indebted to the Balswicks for this updated study of this endlessly fascinating and perplexing facet of human identity.

Author Biography

Judith K. Balswick taught for over twenty years in the marriage and family therapy program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
List of Figuresp. 10
The Origin and Formation of Sexuality
Sexuality: A Historical, Sociocultural Contextp. 13
Human Sexuality: An Interactive Developmental Modelp. 28
Principles of Authentic Sexualityp. 59
Sexual Beings in Relationshipp. 74
Homosexuality: The Complexity of Explanationsp. 93
Homosexuality: A Christian Responsep. 116
Authentic Sexuality
Sexuality and Singlenessp. 139
Premarital Cohabitation: Cautions and Concernsp. 163
Marital Sexuality: Maximizing Sexual Fulfillmentp. 182
Extramarital Sex: Causes and Consequencesp. 200
Inauthentic Sexuality
Sexual Harassment: The Uninvited Eroticizing of a Relationshipp. 223
Sexual Abuse: A Violation Deep Within the Soulp. 244
Rape and Sexual Violence: Destructive Sexualized Powerp. 260
Pornography and Eroticap. 275
Sexual Addictionp. 294
The Sexually Authentic Societyp. 311
Referencesp. 328
Subject Indexp. 363
Scripture Indexp. 366
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