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Disabled People  

Deborah Beth Creamer

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Nov 2014
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Sep 2014
This chapter explores models of disability as they relate to sexuality and theology. It begins by examining moral assumptions that define people with disabilities as asexual or ... More

Doing a Theology from Disappeared Bodies: Theology, Sexuality, and the Excluded Bodies of the Discourses of Latin American Liberation Theology  

Marcella Althaus‐Reid

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Nov 2011
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Jan 2012
This chapter begins by considering the contributions of feminist theologies. It then discusses Liberation Theology, a theology reflecting on the concrete site of bodies in suffering, and ... More

Feminism and Patriarchy  

Pamela Sue Anderson

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Mar 2009
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Sep 2009
A major obstacle inherent in patriarchy remains its barely perceptible reality for all of those women and men whose lives have been decisively ordered by the rule of the father. Toni ... More

Feminist Jewish Ethical Theories  

Judith Plaskow

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter highlights some key contexts in which feminist ethical discourses emerge, and important methods that Jewish feminists employ in order to address gender and other inequalities, ... More

Gay Affections  

Gerard P. Loughlin

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Nov 2014
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Sep 2014
This chapter considers how gay identities—and so gay affections—were formed in the course of the twentieth century, building on the late nineteenth-century invention of the ‘homosexual’. ... More

Hinduism  

Mandakranta Bose

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Nov 2014
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Apr 2014
In confronting questions of the origin of existence, asserting belief in an ultimate spiritual source of phenomena, and striving for a relationship between it and human beings, Hindu ... More

HIV/AIDS  

Mary Jo Iozzio

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Nov 2014
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Sep 2014
This chapter examines how sex figures in the HIV/AIDS pandemic and how the pandemic may be understood in the light of God’s extravagance and hope for the future. Sex is one of those gifts ... More

Intersex and Transgender People  

Susannah Cornwall

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Nov 2014
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Mar 2014
Intersex and transgender are discrete issues and should not be conflated. However, both phenomena, and the experiences of both groups of people, demonstrate the limitations of existing ... More

Islam  

Asma Barlas

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Nov 2014
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Mar 2014
This chapter analyses the Qur’an’s position on theology, sexuality, and gender, with the intent of challenging readings of Islam as a patriarchy. It illustrates that missing from Islam’s ... More

Jewish Sexual Ethics  

Danya Ruttenberg

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses a few major concepts in Jewish sexual ethics. These include extramarital sex and marriage, consent and pleasure in contrast to the duty of both partners to satisfy ... More

Judaism  

Ronit Irshai

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Nov 2014
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May 2015
This article examines the hitherto unquestioned consensus in Judaic studies that Judaism embraces a positive attitude towards sexuality. Grounded in the new scholarly trends of cultural ... More

Legal and Political Issues and Religious Conversion  

James T. Richardson

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
This chapter discusses legal restrictions and controls on conversion and proselytizing as practiced around the world in various countries and regions, and also examines whether some ... More

Lesbians  

Lisa Isherwood

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
This essay is situated within the sexual theologies discipline—that is, it will not consider what theology has said about lesbians. It will rather engage with what lesbian experience has ... More

Marriage and Sexual Relations in the New Testament World  

William Loader

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Nov 2014
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Mar 2014
After a brief overview of the social context and role of marriage and sexuality in Jewish and Greco-Roman cultures, the chapter traces the impact of the Genesis creation narratives, ... More

Marriage and Sexual Relations in the World of the Hebrew Bible  

Ken Stone

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
The Hebrew Bible is sometimes understood as the source of a ‘traditional’ Judaeo-Christian approach to marriage and sexual practice. A comprehensive examination reveals, however, that ... More

People Beginning Sexual Experience  

Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler

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Nov 2014
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Mar 2014
This chapter discusses sex and the beginning of sexual activity. It develops a theory of virtue and virtue ethics which focuses more on the character of the sexual agent than on the acts ... More

Sexual Pleasure  

Margaret D. Kamitsuka

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Nov 2014
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Apr 2014
This chapter presents important representative historical Roman Catholic and Protestant views about sexual pleasure from the New Testament period to the present day. The author describes ... More

Violence and Justice  

Pamela Cooper-White

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Nov 2014
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May 2014
Sexuality is a domain of experience that has been variously described as embodied, deeply personal, intimate, ecstatic, and even sacred. Yet, precisely because of some of these qualities ... More

Wives and Husbands  

Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi

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Nov 2014
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Jun 2014
The chapter provides an overview of recent developments in the theology and ethics of marriage. It places the debates first in a sociocultural context of deinstitutionalization and ... More

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