Needless to say, my non-engineering related reading is having to take somewhat of a back seat to the techie stuff as I try to survive the semester, but let me tell you about a couple of books I just got from Amazon. They are by two of the speakers I heard at the recent New Ways Ministry Symposium.
“Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics” by Margaret Farley. Here’s the description from Amazon’s web site:
This long-awaited book by one of American Christianity’s foremost ethicists proposes a framework for sexual ethics whereby justice is the criterion for all loving, including love that is related to sexual activity and relationships. It begins with historical and cross-cultural explorations, and then addresses the large questions of embodiment, gender, and sexuality. Following this is a normative chapter that delineates the justice framework for sexual ethics. Though the particular focus is Christian sexual ethics, the framework is broad enough to have relevance for multiple traditions of sexual ethics. The remaining chapters focus on specific issues in sexual ethics, including same-sex relationships, marriage and family, divorce and second marriage, celibacy, and sex and its negativities.
For a book review in America magazine, click here.
The second book, by Fran Ferder and John Heagle, is titled “Tender Fires: The Spiritual Promise of Sexuality”.
Here’s an excerpt from a review in the Canadian publication, the “Catholic New Times”:
The book explores sexuality as “love energy present everywhere in the cosmos,” from a lovers’ first kiss to a molecular attraction. It investigates the erotic as “the sacred attraction to beauty, with a deep desire for human fulfillment,” not the love-craft toys or movie pap that facades as romance. It also reflects on the church’s history of separating the spiritual and carnal aspects of sexuality, and asks, did the church dissect the whole at great expense? Because, for the authors, “human sexuality is the energy for relationships involving the WHOLE person.” The church may be responsible, in part, for the shaming of sexuality; the media is to blame for the advocacy of “sexuality without spirituality,” but neither is whole or complete.
I heard both Margaret Farley and Fran Ferder at the Symposium, and found both to be excellent, so I’m looking forward to reading these books.