Sexual Desire and Love
In a comprehensive, ground-breaking study of the Christian teaching about sexuality, Eric Fuchs surveys the 'taboos of Judaeo-Christian morality.' He looks at the ethics of sexuality as they are presented in the Bible, and by early theologians, medieval scholastics, reformers...
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In a comprehensive, ground-breaking study of the Christian teaching about sexuality, Eric Fuchs surveys the 'taboos of Judaeo-Christian morality.' He looks at the ethics of sexuality as they are presented in the Bible, and by early theologians, medieval scholastics, reformers and counter-reformers, and present-day thinkers. Through it all he is concerned to answer the question: 'By what mysterious alchemy did the liberating Gospel of Christ who unconditionally accepted wounded humanity become transformed into moral requirements that were so guilt forming?' Fuch's exhaustive study leads him to develop his own theological interpretation of sexuality: its liberating aspects in the fulfilment of human life, the completion of personality, end the expression of humanity's highest ideals.
Fuchs, a Swiss Protestant pastor, has been Director of the Protestant Study Center in Geneva. He is now head of the ethics department of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
- Introduction Part I: Human Significances Of Sexuality 1. The Symbolic Control Of Sexuality 2. Sexuality And Speech A. The "truths" Of Physiology B. The Developments Of Culture C. The Law Of Language And The Humanization Of Sexuality 3. Conclusion Part Ii: Man And Woman In The Image Of God: Scriptural Theology Of Sexuality 1. The Order Of Differentiation: Sexuality Between Life And Death 2. In The Beginning, Otherness A. "what God Has Joined Together": The Teaching Of Jesus B. The Wonder And The Tragedy: The Teaching Of The Old Testament C. You Are Your Body: The Teaching Of Paul 3. Conclusion Part Iii: Love And Institution: Scriptural Theology Of Marriage 1. Marriage According To The Old Testament 2. Marriage According To The New Testament A. The Teaching Of Jesus B. The Teaching Of The Apostolic Tradition 1. The Evangelists 2. The Apostle Paul 3. Pauline Tradition 3. Conclusion Part Iv: Christianity And Sexuality: An Ambiguous History 1. The Early Church And Sexuality (up To Ca. 250) 2. The Early Church And Conjugal Rights 3. The "yes, But" Of The Great Patristic Tradition In Regard To Marriage And Sexuality (fourth And Fifth Centuries) 4. Saint Augustine And The Medieval Moral Tradition A. Sexuality And Concupiscence B. The Goals Of Marriage C. Marriage As Sacramentum 5. The Evolution Of Conjugal Rights From The Fourth Century To The End Of The Middle Ages 6. The Reformation And Protestantism 7. In The West There Are Henceforth Two Different Christian Ethics A. Catholic Ethics B. Protestant Ethics 8. Conclusion Part V: Man And Woman: A Humanity To Be Created: Ethical Reflections 1. The Human Significance Of Sexuality: A Theological Interpretation 2. The Couple Is The Long-range Objective Of Sexuality A. Fidelity B. Freedom C. Conjugality C. Additional Note: And The Child? 3. The Spiritual Value Of Eroticism 4. Conclusion Epilogue: The Dual Battle Of Chrsitian Ethics Excursus: Note On Homosexuality Theses Notes Bibliography Index Nominum Biblical Index Thematic Index