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Just Love : A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics - Margaret A. Farley

Just Love

A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics

Paperback Published: 1st May 2008
ISBN: 9780826429247
Number Of Pages: 322

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This long-awaited book by one of American Christianity's foremost ethicists proposes a framework for sexual ethics whereby justice is the criterion for all loving, including love that is related to sexual activity and relationships.

It begins with historical and cross-cultural explorations, and then addresses the large questions of embodiment, gender, and sexuality. Following this is a normative chapter that delineates the justice framework for sexual ethics. Though the particular focus is Christian sexual ethics, the framework is broad enough to have relevance for multiple traditions of sexual ethics.

The remaining chapters focus on specific issues in sexual ethics, including same-sex relationships, marriage and family, divorce and second marriage, celibacy, and sex and its negativities.

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"'This is an excellent work by a leading Roman Catholic feminist and ethicist, written with flair, clarity, and absence of jargon. The many changing circumstances surrounding sexuality are well described. The influence of Foucault and Freud is critically introduced. The Christian traditions of thinking abut sex, and their indebtedness to Graeco-Roman assumptions, are helpfully summarised.' Adrian Thatcher, Church Times, February 2007 "The double entendre of the title, Just Love, is only the start of an excellent book. Margaret Farley examines the meaning of human sexuality and how this meaning can be incorporated into what she terms" a moral view of human and Christian life. The marvel of the book is that she has managed in just 300 pages to cover so much ground and do it so well. Church of England Newspaper"

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Prefacep. xi
Opening the Questionsp. 1
Finding the Wayp. 2
Why We Are Herep. 3
New Mapsp. 8
Problems with the Terrainp. 12
The Taskp. 15
The Questions and Their Pastp. 17
Sex, Morality, and History: Theories of Interpretationp. 18
Michel Foucault: The Historical Constitution of Desirep. 18
Catherine MacKinnon: Historical Silences/Gendered Violencep. 22
Evolutionary Histories: Sexuality and Changep. 23
Sexual Ethics in the West: Historical Perspectivep. 26
Sexuality in Antiquity: The Legacy of Greece and Romep. 27
Judaism: Sexuality, Morality, and Religionp. 34
Christian Traditionsp. 37
Secular Paths: Philosophical Developments, Medical Influencesp. 50
From the Past to the Presentp. 56
Difficult Crossings: Diverse Traditionsp. 57
Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Importance for Sexual Ethicsp. 58
Possibilities of Cross-Cultural and Interreligious Awarenessp. 58
Obstacles to the Search for Alternative Perspectivesp. 59
Colonialist Research and Its Postcolonial Criticsp. 63
The Lessons of "Orientalism"p. 64
Lessons for Sexual Ethicsp. 65
Pre-modern Islands of the South Seasp. 70
African Culturesp. 77
Sexuality and Communityp. 79
Gender, Marriage, and Familyp. 80
New Interpreters and Critics: Sustainable African Sexualitiesp. 82
Kamasutra: Hindu Textbook on Erotic Lovep. 90
The World of Islamp. 95
Diversity Unlimited?p. 103
Sexuality and Its Meaningsp. 109
How the Body Mattersp. 110
Theories of the Bodyp. 111
Transcendent Embodimentp. 116
Whether Gender Mattersp. 133
Gender Theory and Practicep. 137
Christian Theologiesp. 138
Biology, Culture, and Experiencep. 144
Biology, Culture, and More Experiencep. 149
Whether Gender Mattersp. 156
Sexuality and Its Meaningsp. 159
Elements in Sexual Experiencep. 161
Love, Desire, and Sexualityp. 164
Just Love and Just Sex: Preliminary Considerationsp. 174
Sexuality and Justicep. 175
Alternative Frameworksp. 178
Sources for Christian Sexual Ethicsp. 182
Scripturep. 183
Traditionp. 186
Secular Disciplines of Knowledgep. 188
Contemporary Experiencep. 190
Love and Just Lovep. 196
Moral Norms for a Just Lovep. 200
Love and Freedomp. 204
Desirep. 205
Framework for a Sexual Ethic: Just Sexp. 207
Justicep. 208
The Concrete Reality of Personsp. 209
Obligating Features of Personhoodp. 211
Norms for Just Sexp. 215
Do No Unjust Harmp. 216
Free Consentp. 218
Mutualityp. 220
Equalityp. 223
Commitmentp. 223
Fruitfulnessp. 226
Social Justicep. 228
Special Questionsp. 232
An Ethic Only for Adults?p. 232
Sexual Relations with Oneselfp. 235
The Negative Potential of Sexp. 237
Character, Faith, and Sexual Justicep. 240
Patterns of Relationship: Contexts for Just Lovep. 245
Marriage and Familyp. 245
Historical and Cultural Contextsp. 247
Christianity and Its Influencesp. 252
Descriptive and Normative Questionsp. 259
Same-Sex Relationshipsp. 271
Theological and Ethical Sourcesp. 272
Same-Sex Relationships and Justicep. 288
Sexual Orientation: Given or Chosenp. 294
Divorce and Remarriagep. 296
The Marriage Commitment: Making, Keeping, Changingp. 301
Divorcep. 304
Remarriagep. 307
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780826429247
ISBN-10: 0826429246
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 1st May 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1

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