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 and examples from theology to show how sex is powerful and holy.
For 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 among 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 pews.
Pastor 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 talk about this basic human need, offering a new understanding that reconciles human love and religious faith.
Breaking with outdated conventions, McCleneghan explains how the Bible and Christian tradition inform our beliefs about desire, pleasure, nudity, fidelity, premarital sex, and the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 people.
What churches preach often doesn't reflect the reality of what parishioners practice, especially when it comes to sex, but McCleneghan offers ways to rethink biblical passages and find a compromise so that faith and embracing human sexuality don't have to be mutually exclusive. For McCleneghan, considering how terms are defined is a good place to start: what exactly do lust and fidelity mean? How one defines virginity might create different perspectives on whether any sin has been committed, for example. McCleneghan doesn't try to take a stand on what is right or wrong, but examines Scripture and teaching to find ways for Christians to deal with the reality of their sexualities without throwing caution to the wind. More liberal and progressive Christians searching for ways to feel comfortable in modern society might embrace the message, but the author's admission that the Bible might not be inerrant and the fact that she serves as an associate pastor in a church will make her an unlikely authority for those with more conservative biblical interpretations.
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