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Married in the sight of God : theology, ethics, and church debates over homosexuality

Author: Christian Scharen
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©2000.
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This case study in the contemporary sexual ethics debates in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America analyzes the origin, rhetorical use, and institutionalization of the Lutheran "orders of  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Scharen, Christian Batalden.
Married in the sight of God.
Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©2000
(OCoLC)653377914
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Scharen
ISBN: 0761817689 9780761817680 0761817697 9780761817697
OCLC Number: 44468959
Description: xxiv, 171 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1 Times Have Changed: Reflections on Doing Christian Sexual Ethics Today 1 --
Method: Critical Christian Ethics 2 --
Critical Tools: Archaeology and Genealogy 5 --
Constructive Use of a Tradition 9 --
Using the Varieties of Sources 10 --
Revision in Sexual Ethics 12 --
Outline of the Book 15 --
Chapter 2 Honoring God's Handiwork: Luther on Sexuality And Marriage 19 --
Primacy of Pastoral Concerns 21 --
Luther's Revisions in Moral Teaching 28 --
From a Two-Tiered Ethic to a Horizontal Ethic 28 --
From Marriage as Sacrament to Marriage as Estate 34 --
A Sketch of Luther's Full Views on Marriage 36 --
Sexuality and Marriage as Divine Ordinances 38 --
Marriage as a Civil Estate 41 --
Marriage as a Christian Calling 48 --
Interpreting Luther Today 52 --
Chapter 3 Heterosexual Structure of Creation: The Orders of Creation in American Lutheranism 55 --
Order of Creation: An Unchangeable Norm? 57 --
Unlikely History of the "Unchangeably Normative" 58 --
Lutheran Church in America 58 --
American Lutheran Church 78 --
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 87 --
Chapter 4 Vision and Expectations: Theology and Policy for Exclusion 93 --
Bureaucracy and Disciplinary Power 95 --
Producing Candidates for Ordained Ministry 100 --
History of the Problem: Authority, Candidacy and Sexuality 103 --
History of the Solutions: Authority, Bureaucracy and Discipline 111 --
Guidance and Necessary Evaluation: Candidacy Processes and the Interview 117 --
Developing Candidacy Process 117 --
Examinations 119 --
Chapter 5 Promises of Fidelity: An Inclusive Theology of Marriage 127 --
Letter and The Spirit 127 --
Theology and Policy: Reasons for Revision 128 --
Toward an Inclusive Theology of Marriage 131 --
Luther 132 --
U.S. Lutheranism 143 --
Conclusion: Theology and Social Change 149.
Responsibility: Christian Batalden Scharen.

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Hopefully this work will provide guidance for those in leadership of the various churches as they seek to reevaluate their understandings of humanity, ministry, and God's creation. -- Rev. Wilton S. Read more...

 
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