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MOBI ¸ DOC Good Christian Sex 9780062428608 » 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 Ng 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 pewsPastor 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 t I was cynical of any book with “sex” and “Christian” in the same title I've read them before and knew the formula dish out mortal shame add fanciful gender stereotypes and mix in some unrealistic puritanical expectations But Bromleigh McCleneghan defied my worries with Good Christian Sex and left me with a faithful celebration of intimacy and pleasure From a first sexual encounter to decades of marriage McCleneghan’s wisdom guides us through the nature of love

Bromleigh McCleneghan Ñ Good Christian Sex KINDLE

Alk about this basic human need offering a new understanding that reconciles human love and religious faithBreaking with outdated conventions McCleneghan explains how the Bible and Christian tradition inform our beliefs about desire pleasure nudity fidelity premarital sex and the variety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 peop I was interested in this book and wanted to approach it with an open mind Unfortunately it just doesn't deliver on the title of the book I'm reasonably open to the idea that modern Christian sexual ethics are rooted in Victorian norms than they are derived from a consistent Biblical ethic The Bible doesn't appear to be terribly consistent on what makes for a reliable sexual ethic and so I'm interested when a book like this comes alongHowever McCleneghan doesn't really make much use of the Bible in this book She does raise interesting uestions What specific activities define sex? If it is difficult to define the specific activities that are crossing the line it is likewise difficult to approach the topic of what is and isn't sin with dogmatic precision However rather than actually approaching the Bible and explaining historical and cultural backgrounds of various biblical imperatives that pertain to sex she is content to just approach the entire conversation through the lens of Love God and love your neighbor While it is true that a mutual love ethic is the basis for all Christian imperatives this thinking is fraught if you are unable to convincingly articulate how the expression of love of neighbor in the 1st century doesn't apply in our culture For instance in 1 Corinthians 7 Paul argues that if you burn with passion it is better to marry The implication is that passion of this sort should be resisted but if it can't be marriage is appropriate I'm perfectly open to an explanation of why such guidelines were considered loving in the 1st century but don't really apply in our modern context But she doesn't even address it Such imperatives are ignored or dismissedRather she uses theological language and personal experience as evidence Her argument basically comes down to I'm a Christian and I didn't practice chastity And lots of other Christians don't practice chastity either We're still Christians and are doing fine To that I say fair enough but it doesn't really make for a persuasive argument I'm not sure that most conservative Christians would argue that someone who doesn't practice chastity isn't a Christian on that basis And the fact that such a person doesn't feel particularly guilty or distant from God as a result is simply evidence of the grace of God nothing else All Christians engage in various sinful activities through blind spots that don't result in conscious guilt A lack knowledge or understanding doesn't render all behavior acceptableAt the end of the day while this book was reasonably well written and entertaining I don't know who the intended audience is If it is an attempt to persuade people that the Bible isn't as strict on sex as traditional conservative Christianity has makes it out to be it fails She doesn't really even attempt to persuade people from such a background On the other hand if she's writing to people who already agree that chastity isn't an important Christian virtue it doesn't really offer much in the way of practical help or guidance I wanted to like this book but I can't recommend it

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Good Christian SexMoving 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 holyFor 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 amo Most Christian books about sex say the same thing don't do it unless you're straight and married Obviously this is not the reality of our lives for nearly all of us so this pronouncement is less than helpful McCleneghan argues for a sexual ethic that does not necessarily adhere to the unrealistic one mentioned above She does not prescribe an anything goes ethic however Knowing that sex is in the words of Frederick Buechner like nitroglycerin it can be used either to blow up bridges or heal hearts McCleneghan advocates for faithfulness and and mutuality in the context of any kind of relationship This book is perfect for young adults who have divorced their spiritual life from their sexual one due to the unrealistic expectations of purity culture She makes a convincing case that human sexuality should not be thought of as something apart from our spiritual life A well written book that will appeal to general audiences