Good Christian Sex

Author: Bromleigh McCleneghan
Editor: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062428608
Size: 16,10 MB
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Moving beyond the deep-seated cultural feelings of shame that have long fueled the conflict between Christianity and sex—and the belief that there is only one right and valid way to practice one’s sexuality—this renowned University of Chicago pastor uses enlightening personal stories and examples from theology to show how sex is powerful and holy. For years, Christians have been told to adhere to one singular path when it comes to sex: abstinence and purity. Yet this limited focus ignores the reality that people’s sexual and romantic lives differ widely, even among those who consider themselves devout believers. Church leaders have often refused to address the topic—or have preached in ways that are harmful to the emotional and spiritual growth of the faithful in the pews. Pastor McCleneghan is determined to reshape the issue—and fundamentally transcend this disconnect between sexuality and spirituality that has left many Christians feeling guilty and sinful. Written in her measured, non-judgmental voice, Good Christian Sex combines humorous personal anecdotes with theological research to transform how Christians think and talk about this basic human need, offering a new understanding that reconciles human love and religious faith. Breaking with outdated conventions, McCleneghan explains how the Bible and Christian tradition inform our beliefs about desire, pleasure, nudity, fidelity, premarital sex, and the variety of sexual practices, and encourages Christians to talk about their bodies, their sensuality, and their longings in a frank, positive, and realistic way. Warm, insightful, and honest, Good Christian Sex is a message of hope, that at last lifts the veil of shame felt by many religious people.

Redeemed Sexuality

Author: Tim and Dr. Jennifer Konzen
Editor: Elm Hill
ISBN: 1595556060
Size: 19,49 MB
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You are a sexual person. Whether you are single or married, a teenager or an older single adult, God created you as a sexual person. So how do we inhabit our sexuality in a way that brings honor to God? And what exactly is sexuality? Is it just sexual intercourse? Or is it perhaps something much greater? God created them male and female. From the moment of our conception, we are born in this act of creation as a sexual being. God's creation was the work of a master artist. It is vital that we discover both the artwork and the artist. God intended for sex to be a wonderful good. When someone allows God to guide them in how they engage in sex, it can be. However, sometimes sexuality has become a source of shame, guilt, pain, confusion, frustration, and sorrow. Sexual challenges can come from the choices we make, from the things that others do against us, and from the ways in which Satan has inundated the world with a tsunami of destructive words and images about sex. Those challenges can also come from the lack of being able to talk openly about sex. Perhaps you want to lead a life of sexual purity but you are finding it hard to find solid, biblical answers to some of the very real questions you have. You may feel like you've tried to bring up these things with those involved in your life but that you often receive the same-old trite and empty arguments about purity: "Just wait" or "Just repent" or "God has a plan. Be patient." So how do we reconcile God’s intricate and amazing plan for sex with the devastation, destruction, and frustration that sex outside of His plan can cause? How can we pursue purity and honor sexuality at the same time? What exactly is God's plan for sexuality for those who are not married? Redeeming Sexuality answers many of these and other questions that singles, teens, and parents ask the authors in their conferences and sessions, including: What is God’s plan for sex? How should single, working professionals, college students, teens, and all other unmarried individuals understand their sexuality in light of God’s plan? What is allowed and how far is too far? How can we have healthy, intimate connections with others? What is purity and how do we deal with temptation when it is so hard to escape? How do we work through the damage and pain that is already done? How can parents effectively communicate with their kids about sex? This comprehensive guide strives to bring clarity and understanding to topics that many Christians have trouble discussing. Journey with us as we discover a vibrant understanding of God's plan for redeemed sexuality.

End Times Super Trends

Author: Ron Rhodes
Editor: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 0736970258
Size: 20,44 MB
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Making Sense of Crucial Last-Days Signs Pressure is rising. The global atmosphere is morphing as never before. It's time to pay attention to the warnings around us that point to inevitable catastrophes to come. Bible prophecy expert Ron Rhodes surveys 15 current trends that affect us on a worldwide, national, and personal scale—suggesting some inescapable consequences to our safety, rights, and way of life. You will see how the stage is being set for the end times with such drastic developments as... the escalation of cyberwarfare the deterioration of religious freedom the dissolution of the family unit With eye-opening research and a helpful examination of Scripture, Rhodes clearly shows where trends are leading while advocating a response based on hope, truth, and preparation rather than fear.

A Christian Guide To Liberating Desire Sex Partnership Work And Reproduction

Author: Thia Cooper
Editor: Springer
ISBN: 3319708961
Size: 16,66 MB
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What is good sex from the perspective of liberation theology? Thia Cooper argues that sex can be a way to know God. God created humans with a desire to be in relation with each other. From this understanding, sexual desire, sex, and partnerships are re-imagined positively. Good sex is enjoyable and mutual, an aspect of communion. Good sexual relationships share power, empower the participants, and the wider community. From the perspective of liberation theologies and an analysis of biblical texts, the Christian tradition, and the reality of our sexual experience, this book reframes theologies of partnership, sex work, and reproduction through the celebration of desire and sex.

Venus And Virtue

Author: Jerry L. Walls
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498296351
Size: 20,96 MB
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Venus and Virtue are a match made in heaven. While popular culture often tends to think of Christianity as negative about sexuality and sexual pleasure, the fact is that Christians have the best of reasons to joyfully celebrate sex as a gift. Unfortunately, there is as much confusion about sex in Christian circles as there is in the culture at large. The authors of this book believe that this confusion can only be adequately addressed by drawing from the deep wells of biblical truth and traditional theology. The writers, however, are not only experts in biblical scholarship, theology, and philosophy, but also pastoral ministry, counseling, pop culture criticism, and women's issues. This book is not sexy in the typical sense of that word, but by situating sexuality within the cosmic drama of biblical revelation, the true beauty and goodness of sex most clearly emerges. And as that beauty emerges, we can begin to see why Christian morality not only makes profound sense, but also why it positively enriches the meaning of sex in ways that far outstrip the sexy secular alternative.

Jesus And Virtue Ethics

Author: Daniel J. Harrington
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742549944
Size: 14,89 MB
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Answering the call of the Second Vatican Council for moral theology to 'draw more fully on the teaching of Holy Scripture, ' the authors examine the virtues that both flow from Scripture and provide a lens by which to interpret Scripture. By remaining true to both the New Testament's emphasis on the human response to God's gracious activity in Jesus Christ and to the ethical needs and desires of Christians in the twenty-first century, the authors address key topics such as discipleship, the Sermon on the Mount, love, sin, politics, justice, sexuality, marriage, divorce, bioethics, and ecology

The Single S Connection

ISBN: 9814270970
Size: 12,32 MB
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Real Sex

Author: Lauren F. Winner
Editor: Brazos Press
ISBN: 9781441218278
Size: 19,98 MB
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SEX. Splashed across magazine covers, billboards, and computer screens--sex is casual, aggressive, and absolutely everywhere. And everybody's doing it, right? In Real Sex, heralded young author Lauren F. Winner speaks candidly to Christians about the difficulty--and the importance--of sexual chastity. With honesty and wit, she talks about her struggle to live a celibate life. Never dodging tough terms like "confession" and "sin," Winner grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in Scripture. She confronts cultural lies about sex and challenges how we talk about sex in church. Her biblically grounded observations and suggestions will be especially valuable to unmarried Christians struggling with the sexual mania of today's culture. Real Sex is essential reading for Christians grappling with chastity and a valuable tool for pastors.

Josef Pieper An Anthology

Author: Josef Pieper
Editor: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 0898702267
Size: 15,17 MB
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Foreword by Hans Urs von Balthasar Near the end of a long career as one of the most widely read popular Thomistic philosophers of the twentieth century, Josef Pieper has himself compiled an anthology from all his works. He has selected the best and most representative passages and arranged them in an order that gives sense to the whole and aids in the understanding of each excerpt. Pieper's reputation rests on his remarkable ability to restate traditional wisdom in terms of contemporary problems. He is a philosopher who writes in the language of common sense, presenting involved issues in a clear, lucid and simple manner. Among his many well-known works included in this anthology are selections from Leisure: The Basis of Culture, The Four Cardinal Virtues, About Love, Belief and Faith, Happiness and Contemplation, and Scholasticism. Below is a list of the selection titles: Human Authenticity The Two Sides of the Coin That Is Truth The Freedom of Philosophy and Its Adversaries Free Space in the World of Work Truths-Known and Believed The Reality of the Holy "Finis" Means Both End and Goal

Unholy Writ

Author: T. Joyner Drolsum
Editor: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781456795719
Size: 20,27 MB
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During our brief and perilous journey ex irritum ad irritum, how are we to find, what the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (Sein und Zeit) would call, the true approach to being? How do we answer the question posed by the Apostle Thomas when he asked “how can we know the way” (Jn. 14:5)? In other words, how should we fill that “parenthesis of infinitesimal brevity,” which James Joyce (Ulysses) maintained, demarcates each of our lives? The Bible has often been put forth as a supposedly infallible guidebook charting the correct path to an authentic existence (e.g. 2 Tim. 3:16-17). According to its proponents, Scripture is an absolutely dependable life-manual because it is the word of God (Summa Theologica, First Part, Q. 1, Art. 10). However, close inspection of the Bible calls into question its divine authorship; and, thus, its reliability as an accurate roadmap for the soul. In fact, under close examination it proves to be nothing more than a mundane and cobbled together collection of archaic superstitions beginning with the outlandish speculations of Moses concerning the creation of the world and ending with the maniacal ravings of John regarding its destruction. Exposing the true nature of Holy Writ was the main purpose for writing Unholy Writ. The modus operandi for this exposé involved a thoroughgoing critical analysis of Scripture. The results from such a careful consideration of its contents clearly demonstrated that any claim that the Bible is some sort of sacrosanct ethical vade mecum is completely invalid. Specifically, the multiple contradictions and absurdities contained in the Bible confer an unreliability upon it that undermines its function as a guide for anything, let alone as some sort of moral map for the journey through life. Furthermore, many of the ideas that are promoted in Holy Writ are actually spiritually harmful. In addition, unless the condoned misogyny, violence, intolerance, injustice, and cruelty can be removed, then it is difficult to view the Scriptures as anything like an unwavering celestial beacon that clearly lights the way through the moral fog that at times engulfs our lives. Moreover, the many errors that it contains, including those about the natural world, undermine the pivotal claim that the Bible is divinely inspired. In the course of using the verses themselves in discussing such topics as biblical errancy, bible-based morality, the character of the biblical god, the features of a religion based on the Bible, and the biblical stance on science, nature and truth, it was shown in the present work that any belief in Scripture as either divinely inspired or a trustworthy guide to right living is not only misguided but delusional. The iconoclastic claims made by this author concerning the Bible and matters relating to it have ample support. By way of corroboration, the considered opinions of many acclaimed thinkers from Aquinas to Zeno, from pre-Socratic philosophers to 21st century cosmologists, were presented within the pages of Unholy Writ. These intellectuals included, but were not be limited to, such atheists and agnostics as Holbach, Ingersoll, Mencken, and Meslier; such theologians as Aquinas, Augustine, Luther, Strauss, and Tertullian; such scientists as Darwin, Einstein, Freud, Galileo, Hawking, and Newton; such historians as Gibbon, Herodotus, Tacitus, and Thucydides; such poets as Chaucer, Emerson, Goethe, Heine, Milton, Poe, Shakespeare, Shelley and Whitman; such playwrights as Euripides, O’Neill, Williams, and Wilde; such novelists as Camus, Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, Hesse, Joyce, Mann, Maugham, Melville, Nabokov and Sinclair; such philosophers as Aristotle, Descartes, Feuerbach, Fichte, Hegel, Heidegger, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Kaufmann, Kierkegaard, Locke, Lucretius, Marx, Nietzsche, Paine, Pascal, Plato, Russell, Sartre, Schopenhauer, Socrates, Spencer, Spinoza, and Wittgenstein; and such other literati as Jefferson, Montaigne, Thoreau and Twain. Their insights served to illuminate the true essence of the Bible, that it is a far more profane than sacred book, a far more hollow than holy one. With their contributions, Unholy Writ can be viewed as an Atheist/Agnostic manifesto, as a rational response to the specious metaphysics underlying the Bible in particular and all forms of revealed religion in general. As such, the present tome can be viewed as a challenge to those Christian believers, whether they be fundamentalists, evangelicals, moderates or liberals of any sect or denomination, who ground their belief system on the Bible and who wish to follow the Apostle Peter’s directive that they should be ready to answer for their faith (1 Pet. 3:15). It is also directed to unbelievers who may wish to arm themselves with arguments against the rantings of the seemingly ubiquitous bible thumpers. And finally, it is meant for anyone interested in religious matters in general and the Bible in particular.