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"This genealogical approach to Christian sexual ethics is asrefreshing as it is illuminating. If this book is taken seriously,and it should be, it could transform the current and totallyhackneyed debates." Graham Ward, University ofManchester

"This book provides an informative foundation for a seriousstudy of religious sexual teachings and a helpful survey of currentdebates in religious circles regarding sexual ethics."Choice

"Occasionally a book appears that stimulates such thoughtfulcontroversy that one can welcome its arrival with a certaindelight. Such a book is The Ethics of Sex by Mark Jordan."International Academy for Marital Spirituality Review

"The Ethics of Sex is perhaps the best undergraduatesexual ethics book available today." Journal of the AmericanAcademy of Religion

"(A) thought–provoking challenge to all ethicists (theologicalor secular) who aspire to offer an account of the ′ethics of sex′"Women′s Philosophy Review

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The topic of sexual ethics and interest in sexuality in theologygenerally, has grown considerably in recent years. Mark Jordan haswritten a provocative and stimulating introduction to the issuesinvolved, filling a much–needed void in this field. Jordansummarizes key topics and themes in the teaching and discussion ofreligious ethics as well as pushing forward the debate ininteresting and original directions.

The Ethics of Sex is divided into three parts, coveringproblems in principles of ethics, difficulties in the history ofethics, such as marriage, divorce, and crimes against nature; andfinally, new possibilities in Christianity, such as redeemingpleasure. The discussion throughout the volume shows thedistinctive power of Christian rhetoric to create, develop, andimpose moral identities for which sex is central. Some of theseidentities are positive, such as the Virgin Martyr, which othersare sexual sin–identities, such as the Adulterer or the Sodomite.However, we can only move beyond these established "characters" byrecognizing that they were written to be theological roles and that some theology may be needed to rewrite them.


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An Excellent, If Perhaps Introductory, Work 1 Dec. 2009
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Mark D. Jordan's "The Ethics of Sex" is quite an accomplishment. In lucid prose he presents a genealogy of Christian sexual ethics (from the patrisitic fathers to the Reformers to later Protestants) and, in the latter portion of the book, progresses to a discussion of directions to explore in the possibility of redeeming pleasure in Christian sexual ethics.

As an undergraduate student unfamiliar to the history of Christian views of sex, I found the genealogy alone very enlightening (even though I felt sick as I learned the genealogy of "orthodoxy"). The concluding portion of the book was excellent as well, coming as a refreshment and source of excitement for contemporary Christian sexual ethics. Jordan seems to know how pick his arguments and points of contention well, so the book feels (at times) breezy and light yet engaging and rigorous. In one sense, however, it therefore has the feel of a more introductory work - which I would argue it is!

In all aspects, a highly recommended work.
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