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Making Sense of Sex [Paperback]

Adrian Thatcher
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1 Jun 2012
Using familiar theological ideas, biblical passages and Christian doctrines, this book reinterprets them in a less familiar way. Subjects covered include Desire, Bodies, Sexual Difference, Marriage, Spirituality and Sexualities.

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (1 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281064067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281064069
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrian Thatcher is a retired Professor of Applied Theology and lives in Plymouth, Devon. His favourite pastimes include running, swimming, vegetarian cooking and playing the piano. He is a widower, with three grandchildren.

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Reading this book could be worth several sessions of counselling for anyone who is concerned about either problems in their own relationships or their attitude to others, especially when their ideas have been rooted in a particular belief system. Professor Thatcher's writing is jargon-free and combines objectivity with understanding of the many different influences which have brought each individual to his or her sexual identity, His conviction that God created us and loves us and that all human love reflects this to some extent, is very far from the judgemental rant of too many "Bible-bashing" evangelists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wrestling with Sex 2 Dec 2012
Adrian is a welcome guide for those who are mystified by what they hear as church teaching. He is an academic who has made a profound study of the subject and already written a number of academic books, but here he writes a basic book for the intelligent reader who is prepared to get to grips with the subject. There are plenty of people who will want to say "rubbish" because they feel constrained to stick with what church leaders have taught. But if you are prepared to wrestle with the topic you can be led to understand why he is saying that the Gospel, the good news, that Jesus brought, does not compel us to stick with the thinking of not only the culture before Jesus' birth but also with our culture that has developed over the intervening years.
Despite the book's small size it compresses a vast amount of research, for which references are available. I wish the subject and book were simpler. But if too simplistic could it really deal with the objections to outdated teaching. It was probably easier for me to accept having met spiritual leaders who have lived a sexual life different from tradition. When one works on the principle that by their works you shall know them, I am happy to commend this book to all who are troubled by the present debate and want to get to grips with it, and understand its history and where we need to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OK 13 Sep 2013
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Interesting and thoughtful. Recommended
Actually used to back up the tower clock in our church, against mains failure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars like the curate's egg - excellent in parts 4 Nov 2012
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This review is written from a liberal viewpoint, and the author's comments are often helpful and enlightened; but his liberal stance on scripture does mean that he chooses to ride lightly over those parts of scripture that he finds inconvenient to his thesis - especailly in the section on homosexuality.

And I found myself writing 'RUBBISH' with an angry pencil in the margin against some statements. Especially the daft statement that "for most of Christin history there were not two sexes but one ('man')". OK - society was patriarchal, and the male gender was used for God - but his female attributes are often stressed also; and there is a real problem for those languages that do not have an indeterminate personal pronoun! The creation of two sexes in Genesis 1 and 2 could not be clearer; and as the author has already stressed, sexuality is honoured in much of the Bible.
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