The topic of sexual ethics and interest in sexuality in theology generally, has grown considerably in recent years. Mark Jordan has written a provocative and stimulating introduction to the issues involved, filling a much-needed void in this field. Jordan summarizes key topics and themes in the teaching and discussion of religious ethics as well as pushing forward the debate in interesting and original directions. The Ethics of Sex is divided into three parts, covering problems in principles of ethics, difficulties in the history of ethics, such as marriage and divorce, and crimes against nature, and finally, new possibilities in Christianity, such as redeeming pleasure. Mark Jordan is part of a young group of theologians who represent a concerted attempt to reconceptualize and re-engender Christian theology from non-heterosexual, marginal perspectives. The author is one of the most exciting and avant garde of Christian writers at the interface of medieval history and postmodern theology, and won widespread praise for his ground-breaking study, The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology. The issues surrounding sexual ethics will always arouse controversy and interest.
This is a book which will delight some - and will undoubtedly infuriate others. Above all, it will not be ignored.
"This genealogical approach to Christian sexual ethics is as refreshing as it is illuminating. If this book is taken seriously, and it should be, it could transform the current and totally hackneyed debates." Graham Ward, University of Manchester
"This book provides an informative foundation for a serious study of religious sexual teachings and a helpful survey of current debates in religious circles regarding sexual ethics." Choice
"Occasionally a book appears that stimulates such thoughtful controversy that one can welcome its arrival with a certain delight. Such a book is The Ethics of Sex by Mark Jordan." International Academy for Marital Spirituality Review
"The Ethics of Sex is perhaps the best undergraduate sexual ethics book available today." Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"(A) thought-provoking challenge to all ethicists (theological or secular) who aspire to offer an account of the 'ethics of sex'" Women's Philosophy Review
Prologue: Candid Advice to the Reader.
1 The Vices of Christian Ethics.
2 Scriptural Authorities.
3 A New Life Beyond Sex.
4 Crimes against Nature.
5 Marriage Acts.
6 "Attack" upon Christendom.
7 Redeeming pleasures.
Epilogue: Sex and Schism.
Index of Biblical References.