Contemporary Theological Approaches to Sexuality

Contemporary Theological Approaches to Sexuality

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Contemporary Theological Approaches to Sexuality provides a much-needed overview of the state of scholarship on Christian theological reflection on sexuality and sexual theology. Critically, it also intervenes in the cultural debate over sexuality by privileging feminist, queer, and other counter-normative perspectives. Comprising twenty-three chapters by a team of international contributors this volume is divided into four parts: * Normativity and transgression * Bodies * Economies and violence * Divinity. Within these sections central issues, debates and problems are examined, including consideration of the complexities of Christian theology in regard to contemporary sexuality debates. Contemporary Theological Approaches to Sexuality is essential reading for students and researchers in the field of religion, sexuality, and more

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  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 24mm | 674g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138908975
  • 9781138908970

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Riveting and provocative! The focus on bodily theology, its up-to-date cutting edge research on topics from early Christian monasticism to contemporary pop music, the orientation toward redress of injustices, and the refutation of simplistic media-fostered ideas that all religious views of sexuality are conservative - make this volume a must-read for those who want to keep up with the ongoing theological discourse about sexuality. Barbara Darling-Smith, Wheaton College, Massachusetts, more

About Lisa Isherwood

Lisa Isherwood is Professor of Feminist Liberation Theologies and Director of the Institute for Theological Partnerships at the University of Winchester, UK. Dirk von der Horst is Instructor of Religious Studies at Mount St. Mary's University, Los Angeles, more

Table of contents

Contents Part I: Normativity and transgression Normativity and Transgression- Lisa Isherwood & Dirk von der Horst Part II: Bodies Gender -AdrianThatcher Transgender - Sharon A. Bong A sexual communion of subjects- Anne Benvenuti Neurotheologies and sexualities - Montserrat Escribano-Carcel Sexual renunciation in Christian history and theology - Sarah Moslener Theeology: the "not necessarily Christian alternative" available to pre-Stonewall gay women - Marie Cartier Music - Dirk von der Horst Queering Desire- Robyn Henderson-Espinoza Part III: Economies and Violence Marriage - Lisa Isherwood Just sex work: a liberation thological, Marxist economic, and global feminist analysis of sex in the sex trade - Thia Cooper and Kristian Braekkan Christian theology, sexuality and globalization: shifting practices, revitalizing traditions - Heather Shipley Rape culture and the politics of sainthood - Gina Messina-Dysert Sexual abuse by clergy in the Catholic Church - Rosemary Radford Ruether Reproductive rights and women's rights: justice in sexual relationships - Rosemary Radford Ruether AIDS: deviancy, stigma, and grace: counter-theology from the genitals of the Body of Christ - Robert E. Shore-Goss Queer incarnational bedfelloows: Christian theology and BDSM practices - Robert E. Shore-Goss Part IV: Divinity Love and desire - Gianluigi Gugliermetto Sexuality in religious polemics - Dirk von der Horst Sexuality and the 'person' of Christ - Lisa Isherwood More than a divine menage a trois: friendship, polyamory, and the doctrine of the Trinity - Hugo Quero and Joseph N. Goh Sacramental sex/uality - Alejandro S. Escalante Virgin Mary, mother of God: from phallic fetish to fleshy womanhood? - Lisa Isherwoodshow more