Archives For Sex

 

Let’s Talk About Sex
(In Its Wholeness)
 
A Feature Review of 

Good Christian Sex:
Why
Chastity Isn’t the Only Option—And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex
Bromleigh McCleneghan

Paperback: HarperOne, 2016
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Reviewed by Heather Caliri

 

Decades ago in my high school youth group, a young married couple spoke at the yearly sex talk. Before their engagement, and despite both previously losing their virginity, they chose to seek a ‘second virginity’ together, committing to chastity and their faith until they married.

What a beautiful lesson for me as a new, rather conservative Christian: that chastity was a practice for both men and women, that losing one’s virginity wasn’t devastating, and that even unmarried couples should have frank, vulnerable conversations about sex.

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“Evangelicals can’t stop talking about sex”

 

A Feature Review of

Saving Sex: Sexuality and Salvation in American Evangelicalism.
Amy DeRogatis

Hardback: Oxford University Press, 2014
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Reviewed by Emily McGowin

 

Amy DeRogatis is Associate Professor of Religion and American Culture at Michigan State University. Her first book, Moral Geography: Maps, Missionaries, and the American Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2003), was a decidedly academic volume. But, in the Preface to Saving Sex, she states her desire for this publication to appeal to a broader audience, including academics, students, and the general public. To that end, DeRogatis is helped by her chosen subject matter. “[E]vangelicals can’t stop talking about sex,” she says, and it seems the American public can’t stop reading (and reviling) what they have to say. But, even with this inherent advantage, DeRogatis’ volume recommends itself with a combination of careful research and a cohesive, easy to follow presentation.

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A Well-developed Kingdom Imagination

A Feature Review of

The Rest of Life: Rest, Play, Eating, Studying, Sex from a Kingdom Perspective

Ben Witherington

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2012.
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Reviewed by Ben Simpson

 

The nature of God as Trinity, the meaning of Christ’s atonement, the significance and right understanding of baptism and the Lord’s meal, and other concerns often dominate theological discussion. But those matters, while vitally important, often consume such immense amounts of energy that other matters pertaining to everyday life are left untended. Sensing the gap, Ben Witherington steps in.

 

In The Rest of Life, we find an exploration of rest, play, study, eating, and sex in light of the reign of God. Each of these areas of life is seldom focused upon at length, though it is in these areas our deepest yearnings are found. Who among us does not wish for more peaceful rest? Who has not wondered how to observe Sabbath in light of Jesus, the fulfillment of the Sabbath? If seen as part of life with God, how might our play, study, food choices, and sexual lives be enriched, fostering a more wholistic experience of life in the Kingdom of God?

*** Books by Ben Witherington
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Individual, Unknowable Man

A Review of
The Book of Men: Poems.
Dorianne Laux.
Hardback: W.W. Norton, 2011.
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Reviewed by Thomas Turner.

The Book of Men, Dorianne Laux’s latest offering of poetry, is a tableau of the male archetype. The poems, far from presenting the stereotypical nature of man or the masculine, are linked together by the diversity and plainness of different men. Men are captured here in their habitat, specks operating in a humungous and incomprehensible world. No matter how small or great, whether trailer trash or Superman, the men in the poem are set adrift and forlorn but for the simple satisfaction they find in life, women and the world.

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BOOKS AND CULTURE reviews several
Recent Books on Chastity and Culture

http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/columns/bookoftheweek/howtoreframetheconvochastity.html

 

Lies. Jessica Valenti talks about a lot of them in The Purity Myth: lies about statistics, lies about women, lies about sex. In fact, she talks so much about deception that the main truth she wants to advance gets pushed to the closing and opening pages of the book. That truth is that women are “more than the sum of our sexual parts,” a message she desperately wants her readers to take to heart, rejecting the far more common claim that “a woman’s worth lies in her ability—or her refusal—to be sexual.”

How exactly does one instill a healthier sense of worth? Valenti thinks it’s by taking away the shame in sex and “arm[ing] young women with the knowledge that sex should be a collaborative, pleasurable experience that has no bearing on whether they are ethical people.” Except, of course, that “collaborative” and “pleasurable” are obviously deemed good, as opposed to competitive and unpleasant, selfish and painful—modes of experience that would presumably be unethical. And indeed, she’s against both violent and unwanted sex, which is for her defined not just by “no” but the absence of “yes.” Sex isn’t really amoral, then. No, her problem is that sexual morality or the lack thereof still has such bearing on (women’s) worth.

Read the full review:
http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/columns/bookoftheweek/howtoreframetheconvochastity.html


The Purity Myth:
How America’s Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women
Jessica Valenti
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Hardback: Seal Press, 2009.
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A Wild Constraint: The Case for Chastity.
Jenny Taylor
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Paperback: Continuum, 2009.
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