Sexuality and the Sacred, Second Edition : Sources for Theological Reflection

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-09-21
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp

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Christian discourse on sexuality, spirituality, and ethics has continued to evolve since this book's first edition was published in 1994. This updated and expanded anthology featuring more than thirty contemporary essays includes more theologians and ethicists of color and addresses issues such as the intersection of race/racism and sexuality, transgender identity, same-sex marriage, and reproductive health and justice.

Author Biography

Marvin M. Ellison teaches Christian ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine and is the author of Erotic Justice: A Liberating Ethic of Sexuality and Same-Sex Marriage: A Christian Ethical Analysis. Kelly Brown Douglas is the Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of Religion at Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland. She is the author of Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective.

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsp. xi
Forewoodp. xv
Introduction xix
Methods and Sources
Introductionp. 3
Notes on Historical Grounding: Beyond Sexual Essentialismp. 6
Setting the Problem, Laying the Groundp. 16
Experiencing the Body: Sexuality and Conflict in American Lutheranismp. 34
Black and Blues: God-Talk/Body-Talk for the Black Churchp. 48
Sexuality and Spirituality
Introductionp. 69
Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Powerp. 73
Sexing Black Women: Liberation from the Prisonhouse of Anatomical Authorityp. 78
Where Are We? Seven Sinful Problems and Seven Virtuous Possibilitiesp. 95
Rethinking Sin and Grace for LGBT People Todayp. 105
Touching the Taboo: On the Sexuality of Jesusp. 119
Gender, Race, and Sexual Identities
Introductionp. 137
The Erosion of Sexual Dimorphism: Challenges to Religion and Religious Ethicsp. 141
Pain and Pleasure: Avoiding the Confusions of Christian Tradition in Feminist Theoryp. 165
Lovingly Lesbian: Toward a Feminist Theology of Friendshipp. 183
What If It Is a Choice? Some Implications of the Homosexuality Debates for Theologyp. 197
The Construction of the Black Male Body: Eroticism and Religionp. 205
Beyong Machismo: A Cuban Case Studyp. 221
Rethinking Sexual Ethics
Introductionp. 241
Reimagining Good Sex: The Eroticizing of Mutual Respect and Pleasurep. 245
Making Love as Making Justice: Towards a New Jewish Ethic of Sexualityp. 262
Appropriate Vulnerability: A Sexual Ethic for Singlesp. 272
Sexuality and Social Policyp. 278
Guilty Pleasures: When Sex Is Good Because It's Badp. 292
A Queer Fidelity: Reinventing Christian Marriagep. 304
Sexual Health and Bodily Integrity
Introductionp. 319
Disruptive Bodies: Disability, Embodiment, and Sexualityp. 322
AIDS, Shame, and Sufferingp. 338
Safer Text: Reading Biblical Laments in the Age of AIDSp. 347
Is There Life after Roe? How to Think about the Fetusp. 358
Marriage Equality: A Test Case for the Church
Contested Marriage/Loving Relationalityp. 380
A Catholic Defense of Same-Sex Marriagep. 390
Marriage in a New Keyp. 397
Familiar Idolatry and the Christian Case against Marriagep. 412
Acknowledgmentsp. 437
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