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Politics
Author: Kathy Rudy
ISBN: 0807010340
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Pages 157 pages
Publisher Beacon Pr (July 1, 1997)
Language English
Category: Politics
Rating: 4.1
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by Kathy Rudy


Sex and the Church is a must-read for those interested in questions of religion and sexual ethics. Kathy Rudy's book is subtitled, Gender, Homosexuality and theTransformation of Christian Ethics.

Sex and the Church is a must-read for those interested in questions of religion and sexual ethics. -Lisa Duggan, coauthor of Sex Wars: Sexual Dissent and Political Culture. Sex and the Church is about all the topics we often avoid in 'polite' company-sex, religion, and politics. Turning the pages of Rudy's book, I found both a kindred spirit and a worthy opponent. From that one might think thatthe thrust of the book would be about how the Church can transform her moral sexual ethics. However, half the book is spent on analyzing the position of the Christian Right.

If the line between moral sex and immoral sex is not based on the gender of the people involved, on what basis will we judge right from wrong? Based once again on the idea that sex and spirituality ought to be intricately interwoven, this book's final chapter proposes a coherent sexual ethic for Christians.

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The issue of homosexuality threatens to divide Christian churches today in much the way that slavery did 150 years ago. Should "practicing" Christian homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendered people be allowed to serve as ordained ministers? Should the unions of gay and lesbian. Should "practicing" Christian homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendered people be allowed to serve as ordained ministers? Should the unions of gay and lesbian couples be recognized as legitimate marriages in the eyes of God? These and other questions rend our congregations, our denominations, and sometimes even our families.

I wholeheartedly agree with her call to return to the community of the Christian church, that our relationships should be based around baptism, not family, and that how we relate to God and to each other should be not be based on our gender or sexuality. Her concept of what constitutes moral sex, though, needs to be studied with care

Gender, Homosexuality, and the Transformation of Christian Ethics. Sex and the Church is a groundbreaking book that brings lesbian and gay theory and experience to bear on questions of sexuality and its relationship to Christian life

Gender, Homosexuality, and the Transformation of Christian Ethics. Sex and the Church is a groundbreaking book that brings lesbian and gay theory and experience to bear on questions of sexuality and its relationship to Christian life. Ethicist Kathy Rudy begins by showing how the Christian right’s campaign for family values has profoundly shaped American debates about gender and sexuality, and how mainline Protestant denominations have responded by focusing narrowly on questions of inclusion and exclusion, rights and privileges for lesbians and gay men.

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Kathy Rudy explores the arguments over sexuality and faith - should gay people marry, or be ordained, and is sexuality a matter of nature or nurture - and how they obscure more important ethical questions, such as, should we define ourselves and judge each other according to gender? What makes sex ethical or unethical? And what kind of intimate relationships best contribute to the formation of a Christian community?

Christian leaders have written about homosexual male–male sexual activities since the first decades of Christianity; female–female sexual behaviour was almost entirely ignored.

Christian leaders have written about homosexual male–male sexual activities since the first decades of Christianity; female–female sexual behaviour was almost entirely ignored. Throughout the majority of Christian history most theologians and Christian denominations have viewed homosexual behavior as immoral or sinful

At stake in the Christian debate over homosexuality is the nature of. .This paper addresses the question of same-sex ethics within the church.

At stake in the Christian debate over homosexuality is the nature of Christianity itself. These issues are relevant to anyone doing pastoral ministry and anyone concerned about contemporary culture. However, the church is looked up to as the light in the ensuing confusion as multitudes seemingly no longer know what to believe and how to live. To this end this work sought to explore Pauline sex ethics so as to recapture the Christian sex ethics for the contemporary church, correcting flaws and misconceptions of sex ethic in the contemporary church.

Hoping to answer the Christian right's attacks on homosexuality, the author suggests that homosexual lifestyles can help transform the divided, failing church of today and that judgments against homosexuality are superfluous and insupportable.
Lbe
Rudy's take on gender theology and how we as Christians can move past it are at once liberating and a little bit scary. I wholeheartedly agree with her call to return to the community of the Christian church, that our relationships should be based around baptism, not family, and that how we relate to God and to each other should be not be based on our gender or sexuality. Her concept of what constitutes moral sex, though, needs to be studied with care. To base the morality of the sex act on community needs and hospitality invites a misread that would sanction all sorts of irresponsible sex acts under the guise of "communal sex." I don't necessarily disagree, but I think a more thorough explanation of what exactly this version of moral sex does and does not look like would have been in order.
Munigrinn
Kathy Rudy's book is subtitled, Gender, Homosexuality and theTransformation of Christian Ethics. From that one might think thatthe thrust of the book would be about how the Church can transform her moral sexual ethics. However, half the book is spent on analyzing the position of the Christian Right. While this part seemed well documented, one wonders whether that should have been given as much space given the stated focus of the book. Only in the last chapter does Rudy actually deal with complementarity, unitivity and her addition to the ethic, hospitality.
Her detailed analysis of the Christian Right is perceptive, but that same attention to detail is skipped in the last chapter.
The book was disappointing in the sense that the title and subtitle seemed to suggest another kind of approach. END