Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way into the Triune God (1999)
Amazon UK: Sexuality and the Christian Body
Standpoint: 2 Moderately inclusive
Genre(s): Academic writing, Ethics, and Theology
Topic(s): Biblical studies, Homosexuality in the Bible, Marriage and relationships, and Same-sex relationships
Especially suitable for: Academics
Sexuality and the Christian Body addresses the challenges to traditional Christianity by gay and lesbian Christians and their critics within the church. This controversial book will be welcomed for the radical new insights it provides into Christian arguments about the body. Rogers starts by offering description and rigorous analysis of both conservative and liberal conceptions of the body within the church, exposing similarities between apparently opposing positions. Drawing on the work of Barth, Geertz, Aquinas and others, he then goes on to constructively reconnect doctrines like incarnation, election, and resurrection with race, gender and sexual orientation. In a final section he offers arguments for the fittingness in the Christian tradition of marriage-like homosexual relationships.
“Eugene Rogers has produced a serious and illuminating study of the controversial issue of sexuality that can be read with profit by all sides in this sometimes bitter debate. … Rogers has written an important book that deepens our understanding of marriage as well as contributing to the current debate on sexuality.” — Bishop Paul Richardson
“This is an unusual, challenging and important book, which makes a powerful theological case for same-sex marriage…The main strength of the book lies, however, in its uncompromising engagement with Paul’s letter to the Romans and the twin ethical discourses, natural law and divine command, that locate evil in homosexual activity.” — Modern Believing
“This is an extremely good book. Rogers’s argument … is theologically informed, carefully constructed and powerfully presented at every turn. It should be widely read, for there is much of great value.” — Stephen R. Holmes, Journal of Theological Studies
“This is a work of some theological richness, subtlety and scope, which is – for that very reason – notably free from the familiar dogmatisms and polemicizing that cloud the debate on homosexuality. It is tempting to conclude that, if there is a serious theological case to be made for same-sex marriage, this is it.” — Studies in Christian Ethics
“This study deserves the careful attention of anyone who is interested in identifying and understanding the foundations on which a biblically-informed Christian sexual ethic must rest.” — Pro Ecclesia
“Sexuality and the Christian Body shows a young theologian at work on a central dilemma of our day, a Christian who brings to his vocation scholarly rigor, moral and intellectual imagination, and, supremely, great theological passion. These are great gifts, and we can look forward eagerly to more.” — Theology Today
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