Fri 21 Nov 2014 @ 11:38
Reviewed in today's @ChurchTimes: Tudors, inter-faith and sacred spaces... http://t.co/rF2j1YRGwJ http://t.co/r8lO4erk7z
Author(s): Eugene F. Rogers
"This is the most sustained, serious and original theological work on sexuality and in particular same-sex relationships to have appeared for many years. As in Barth, thoughtful, theological conservations lead to a radical and liberating stance. This book may well turn a debate that often is no more than the marshalling of untheological prejudices in a constructive and responsible direction." Duncan B. Forrester, University of Edinburgh "Both sides of the gay marriage debate will benefit from this startlingly original and theologically rich treatment of the graced body. Here are Christian traditions not slavishly reproduced but put to a genuinely radical use." Kathryn Tanner, University of Chicago "Eugene Rogers has produced a serious and illuminating study of the controversial issue of sexuality that can be read with profit by all sides in this sometimes bitter debate......Rogers has written an important book that deepens our understanding of marraige as well as contributing to the current debate on sexuality."Bishop Paul Richardson "This is an unusual, challenging and important book, which makes a powerful theological case for same-sex marriage...The main strength of the book lies, however, in its uncompromising engagement with Paul's letter to the Romans and the twin ethical discourses, natural law and divine command, that locate evil in homosexual activity." Modern Believing "This is an extremely good book. Rogers's argument...is theologically informed, carefully constructed and powerfully presented at every turn. It should be widely read, for there is much of great value." Stephen R. Holmes, Journal of Theological Studies "This is a work of some theological richness, subtlety and scope, which is - for that very reason - notably free from the familiar dogmatisms and polemicizing that cloud the debate on homosexuality. It is tempting to conclude that, if there is a serious theological case to be made for same-sex marriage, this is it." Studies in Christian Ethics "This study deserves the careful attention of anyone who is interested in identifying and understanding the foundations on which a biblically-informed Christian sexual ethic must rest." Pro Ecclesia "Sexuality and the Christian Body shows a young theologian at work on a central dilemma of our day, a Christian who brings to his vocation scholarly rigor, moral and intellectual imagination, and, supremely, great theological passion. These are great gifts, and we can look forward eagerly to more." Theology Today
Eugene F. Rogers is Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.