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Sex Gender and Christian Ethics

Lisa Sowle Cahill

Sex Gender and Christian Ethics

Lisa Sowle Cahill

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This book endorses feminist critiques of gender, yet upholds the insight of traditional Christianity that sex, commitment and parenthood are fulfilling human relations. Their unity is a positive ideal, though not an absolute norm. Women and men should enjoy equal personal respect and social power. In reply to feminist critics of oppressive gender and sex norms and to communitarian proponents of Christian morality, Cahill argues that effective intercultural criticism of injustice requires a modest defence of moral objectivity. She thus adopts a critical realism as its moral foundation, drawing on Aristotle and Aquinas. Moral judgment should be based on reasonable, practical, prudent and cross-culturally nuanced reflection on human experience. This is combined with a New Testament model of community, centred on solidarity, compassion and inclusion of the economically or socially marginalised.

- Publisher Cahill addresses the ethics of sexuality, marriage, parenthood and family from a feminist Christian standpoint. She wants to reaffirm the traditional unity of sex, love and parenthood, not as an absolute norm, but a guiding framework. The book also develops the significance of New Testament models of community and of moral formation, to argue that the human values associated with sex and family should be embodied in a context of concern for society's poor and marginalized. Roman Catholicism receives special but not exclusive attention.

- Publisher 'Cahill ... brings the seemingly opposing perspectives of Christian and postmodern thought into a fruitful dialogue. The result is an original and important contribution to sexual ethics and the methodology of Christian ethics ... All persons concerned about authentic gender equality, humane sexual relationships, and the welfare of the family are in Lisa Sowle Cahill's debt. Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics demonstrates the significant contribution the Christian moral tradition can make to these vitally important questions. Cahill's careful scholarship, insightful treatment of the Christian tradition, and rich feminist consciousness guarantees her book a central place in such discussions.' Brian Linnane, Heythrop Journal

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About "Sex Gender and Christian Ethics"

This book endorses feminist critiques of gender, yet upholds the insight of traditional Christianity that sex, commitment and parenthood are fulfilling human relations. Their unity is a positive ideal, though not an absolute norm. Women and men should enjoy equal personal respect and social power. In reply to feminist critics of oppressive gender and sex norms and to communitarian proponents of Christian morality, Cahill argues that effective intercultural criticism of injustice requires a modest defence of moral objectivity. She thus adopts a critical realism as its moral foundation, drawing on Aristotle and Aquinas. Moral judgment should be based on reasonable, practical, prudent and cross-culturally nuanced reflection on human experience. This is combined with a New Testament model of community, centred on solidarity, compassion and inclusion of the economically or socially marginalised.
- Publisher

Cahill addresses the ethics of sexuality, marriage, parenthood and family from a feminist Christian standpoint. She wants to reaffirm the traditional unity of sex, love and parenthood, not as an absolute norm, but a guiding framework. The book also develops the significance of New Testament models of community and of moral formation, to argue that the human values associated with sex and family should be embodied in a context of concern for society's poor and marginalized. Roman Catholicism receives special but not exclusive attention.
- Publisher

'Cahill ... brings the seemingly opposing perspectives of Christian and postmodern thought into a fruitful dialogue. The result is an original and important contribution to sexual ethics and the methodology of Christian ethics ... All persons concerned about authentic gender equality, humane sexual relationships, and the welfare of the family are in Lisa Sowle Cahill's debt. Sex, Gender, and Christian Ethics demonstrates the significant contribution the Christian moral tradition can make to these vitally important questions. Cahill's careful scholarship, insightful treatment of the Christian tradition, and rich feminist consciousness guarantees her book a central place in such discussions.' Brian Linnane, Heythrop Journal
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Lisa Sowle Cahill

Cahill is J. Donald Monan, S.J., Professor at Boston College, and a past president of both the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics.

Table Of Contents

  • 1. Sex, Gender And The Problem Of Moral Argument
  • 2. Feminism And Foundations
  • 3. Particular Experiences, Shared Goods
  • 4. 'the Body' - In Context
  • An Interlude And A Proposal
  • 5. Sex, Gender And Early Christianity
  • 6. Sex, Marriage And Family In Christian Tradition
  • 7. The New Birth Technologies And Public Moral Argument
  • Concluding Reflections.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 142377
  • Product Code 0521578485
  • EAN 9780521578486
  • Pages 348
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Aug 1996
  • Dimensions 216 x 140 x 23 mm
  • Weight 0.450kg

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