Making Love Just: Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Times

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Ethical reflection about sexuality is increasingly controversial, complex, and conflicted. After centuries of conflicting messages from the tradition, Christians are understandably confused about how exactly the good news pertains to sexuality. Using a series of provocative questions, Marvin Ellison, a pioneer in contemporary Christian rethinking of sexuality and sexual ethics, attempts to increase readers' skills and confidence for engaging in ethical deliberation about sexuality. Redrawing the conventional, rule-based sexual morality, often rigidly and legalistically applied or broadly ignored, entails transcending fear and shame to redraw the sexual map, he argues. Ellison works to affirm a more relationally focused ethical framework, from which to deliberate about premarital and extramarital sex, marriage and divorce, homosexuality, contraception, abortion, spousal abuse, and sex-education. Students and all adults will welcome this book for enabling their personal clarity, approach to relationships, and mindful participation in respectful moral debate.

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Marvin M. Ellison is Willard S. Bass Professor of Christian Ethics at Bangor Theological Seminary, Maine. He received his doctorate from Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and is an ordained Presbyterian minister. Principal author of the 1991 Presbyterian sexuality study, his works, among others, include Same-Sex Marriage? A Christian Ethical Analysis (2004), and, with co-editor Kelly Brown Douglas, Sexuality and the Sacred (2010).

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"Christians since early in their history have gotten sex wrong. The result is our present culture where sexual oppression and abuse abound. Fortunately, ethicists like Marvin M. Ellison envision a liberative sexual ethics rooted in the very principles of faith by carefully listening to the voices of those relegated to the margins. His latest book, Making Love Just, is required reading for all who wish to move the present discourse on sexual justice forward." --Miguel A. De La Torre, Iliff School of Theology

"Marvin Ellison weaves many wise voices, including his own, into a lsquo;liberating method of ethical discernment.rsquo: This book starts new, necessary conversations. The welcome result is justice-love and a safer world. Read and heed!" --Mary E. Hunt, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)

"Faith leaders across traditions are calling for a new sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts. That yearning for a sex-positive and justice-oriented framework is expressed strongly in the Religious Institute's own Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing. That's why I am so pleased with Marvin Ellison's latest book, which provides such a helpful guide for the theologian, seminarian, and person of faith who is seeking to understand and integrate a truly redemptive Christian ethic of sexuality." --Debra Haffner, Religious Institute

"Marvin Ellison weaves many wise voices, including his own, into a lsquo;liberating method of ethical discernment.rsquo: This book starts new, necessary conversations. The welcome result is justice-love and a safer world. Read and heed!" --Mary E. Hunt, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)

"Faith leaders across traditions are calling for a new sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts. That yearning for a sex-positive and justice-oriented framework is expressed strongly in the Religious Institute's own Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing. That's why I am so pleased with Marvin Ellison's latest book, which provides such a helpful guide for the theologian, seminarian, and person of faith who is seeking to understand and integrate a truly redemptive Christian ethic of sexuality." --Debra Haffner, Religious Institute

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