This book "offers a vision of sexual relationships which is thoroughly Christian, yet free from the patriarchal attitudes and assumptions of the past. Sex before marriage, cohabitation, marriage and divorces, sexual friendships, lesbian and gay sexuality, safe sex, masturbation, pornography -- these are among the issues explored in this bold and courageous book. All are discussed in the light of a renewed trinitarian theology, which none the less leads the author to some radical and surprising ethical conclusions. In many ways, `Liberating Sex' is a critical response to the 1990 Bishops' Statement, `Issues in Human Sexuality'. But this book is much more than that: it offers nothing less than a constructive, comprehensive and coherent theology of sex for the 1990s and beyond". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Sex after Patriarchy -- The Place of the Bible in the Christian Sexual Theology -- The Holiness of the Body -- Sex and Love -- Sex and Sin -- A Christian Vision for Marriage -- Beginning with Sex, or Sex before Marriage -- Sex and Marriage: Inside, Outside and After -- From Homophobia to Neighbourly Love -- Lifelong Unions for Gays and Lesbian People -- Sexual Friendships -- Sex and Solitude -- Epilogue -- Indexes.
Author is a member of the Church of England and Director of the Centre for Christian Theology and Education at the College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth.