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The meaning of sex : Christian ethics and the moral life

Author: Dennis P Hollinger
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic, ©2009.
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Our culture is sex-crazed. That is no secret. But our culture is also deeply confused about sex and sexual ethics, often sending conflicting messages--at times promoting an "anything goes" attitude while at other times seeking to impose limits on sexual behavior. Unfortunately, Christians seem equally confused, and the church has tended to respond with simplistic answers. The reason for this confusion is that the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis P Hollinger
ISBN: 9780801035715 0801035716
OCLC Number: 263988371
Notes: "Unlesss otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from the HOLY BIBLE, TODAY'S NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. TNIV. Scripture quotations labeled NLT are from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation. Scripture quotations labeled NRSV are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Svripture quotations labeled NJV are from the King James Version of the Bible."--Title page verso.
Description: 272 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: What's at stake in sexual morality? --
pt. 1. Frameworks. Ethical theories and sex --
Worldviews and sex --
The Christian worldview and sex --
The purposes of sex --
pt. 2. Issues. Sex before marriage --
Sex in marriage --
The challenge of homosexuality --
Reproductive technologies and sexual ethics --
Living in a sex-crazed world.
Responsibility: Dennis P. Hollinger.

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Our culture is sex-crazed. That is no secret. But our culture is also deeply confused about sex and sexual ethics, often sending conflicting messages--at times promoting an "anything goes" attitude while at other times seeking to impose limits on sexual behavior. 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 an inherent, God-given meaning to sex. This meaning provides a framework for a biblical sexual ethic that adequately addresses contemporary moral issues. Written primarily as a textbook for Christian college and seminary courses in ethics and human sexuality, The Meaning of Sex provides a good balance between theological reflection and engaging discussion of the practical issues Christians (especially students) are facing. Part 1 lays the groundwork, discussing ethical theories and the competing worldviews that shape various approaches to sexual morality. The Christian worldview of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation is then applied to sex, followed by an exploration of the God-designed purposes for sex. Part 2 delves into critical issues: premarital sex, sex within marriage, homosexuality, reproductive technologies, and faithful living in a sex-obsessed world. - Publisher.

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