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Ethics of Sex: From Taboo to Delight

by Concordia Publishing House

Item #: 124472 / 2017 / Paperback / 224 Pages


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Breaking through the noise of our hyper-sexualized Western culture, Ethics of Sex is a much-needed, masterful compilation that speaks to the nature of Christian sexual ethics as simultaneously positive and prohibitive. Ten distinct yet interrelated essays invite us back to a way of life in harmony with the Lord’s created order, an order that bears fruit in intimacy, compassion, love, and joy.

Embrace the wisdom and counsel of these words, reminding all that Jesus’ love for His Church forgives sexual sin and restores His people to fellowship in the kingdom of heaven—young or old, married or single. Our identity remains in Christ.

Essay topics include:

  • Male and female sex differences 
  • Marriage 
  • Polygamy 
  • Contraception
  • Sex education 
  • Self-pollution
  • Homosexuality 
  • Transgenderism


Ethics of Sex is a remarkable book. It is biblically faithful, theologically sound, and above all, Christ-centered. While the authors responsibly draw from fields such as science and psychology, they constantly return to the cross, emphasizing themes such as forgiveness, healing, and reconciliation. Christians across denomination lines will appreciate this book for its winsome style, pastoral tone, and Kingdom focus.”

—Dr. David W. Jones, Professor of Christian Ethics, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Non-combative, Pastorally sensitive

This book is a book that pastors should have on their shelf. It is an anthology. Containing 10 essays. They are on: (1) Male/Female sex differences (2) What is Marriage? (3) Contraception from an Embryo's point of view (4) Contraception: Pastoral considerations (5) Self-pollution (6) Sex-education [really an essay on 'modesty'] (7) Polygamy (8) Homosexuality (9) Transgenderism (10) A Theology of Sex. Each essay is well-researched, well-reasoned, and well-written. Buy this book.

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Clear, astute, and pastoral

This book is neither vague nor unseemly. It teaches not only what is right and wrong, but also how to speak about what is right and wrong. It leaves room for respectful disagreement among those who are able to avoid nuclearizing quibbles: not to say that disagreements on this topic all amount to quibbling, but that the book pitches a tent big enough for whoever may be willing to tabernacle together graciously with its general premise. Certainly, that premise is "conservative", or maybe "traditional" or "catholic". Part of the book's interest is how its catholicity interacts with Roman Catholicism; here the writers make a particularly fine demonstration of the best a Reformation heritage has to offer. Any catholic premise is likely to appear narrow in these latter days of sexual ethics. Readers would do well to remember that the moment's transgenderism is this morning's civil unions, last night's shacking up, yesternoon's no-fault divorce, and the prior evening's default marital contraception. The thousands of years of ethical no-brainers stacked up before that brief weekend of human philosophy are worthy of the contemporary person's consideration. The Ethics of Sex reapplies the historical intellectual diligence many residents and even students of the present time have never been challenged or taught to employ. Additionally, it makes a genuine call upon the testimony of science, and demonstrates with integrity the service of that discipline as handmaiden rather than overlord.

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