Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics by Margaret Farley

By Margaret Farley

This long-awaited e-book via considered one of American Christianity's most advantageous ethicists proposes a framework for sexual ethics wherein justice is the criterion for all loving, together with love that's relating to sexual intercourse and relationships. It starts off with historic and cross-cultural explorations, then addresses the big questions of embodiment, gender, and sexuality, and at last delineates the justice framework for sexual ethics.

Though Just Love's specific concentration is Christian sexual ethics, Farley's framework is vast adequate to have relevance for a number of traditions. additionally lined are particular concerns in sexual ethics, together with same-sex relationships, marriage and kinfolk, divorce and moment marriage, celibacy, and intercourse and its negativities.

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1 a n d 2 . S e e a lso referen ces in n o te 22 above. 3 1 . D e m o s th e n e s, T h e E rotic E ssay, tra n s. N . W. D ew itt and N . J. D ew itt (C a m ­ bridge, M A : H arvard U n iv ersity P ress, 1949). 3 2 . P lato’s p rc fc r c n c c for tra n s ccn d cn cc beyond sex u al d esire is to be found m o st e xp licitly in S o c ra te s's ren d itio n of D io tim a 's te a ch in g in th e S y m p o siu m , 2 0 1 d -2 1 2 c ; a lso in th e g en era l th em e o f t h e P h aed o; and in th e L a w s V III.

2 7 7 - 7 9 . "19 T h e story ends w ith political crisis: T h e apparent freeing of sex from institutional constraints fails to gain a stable consensus, and contem porary political controversy shows ju st how vulnerable the sexual sphere is to conflict, confusion, and m anipulation. "20 Posner relies heavily on econom ic analysis both to describe th e practice of sex and to evaluate legal and ethical norm s in its regard. T h ere are, he argues, three stages in th e evolu­ tion of sexual morality, and they correlate w ith the statu s of women in a given society.

T h e laws o f o n a h , in regulating a m an's sexual obligations to his wife, revealed som e of th e m ost affirmative attitudes of Judaism to ­ ward sexuality. Although formulated in a patriarchal context (hence, they were male-defined), they aimed to take account of women's needs and to protect w om en's interests. Since it was believed that wom en, being more passive than m en, would n ot initiate sex with the sam e freedom as m en, husbands were adm onished to consider and respond to n ot only their own desires and im pulses, but those of their wives.

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