- The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender
- List of Contributors
- The Theological Study of Sexuality
- The Theological Study of Gender
- Doctrine and Sexuality
- Contributions from Biology
- Contributions from Psychology
- Contributions from Anthropology
- Contributions from Sociology
- Contributions from Philosophy
- Contributions from Queer Theory
- Marriage and Sexual Relations in the World of the Hebrew Bible
- Marriage and Sexual Relations in the New Testament World
- Same-Sex Relations in the Biblical World
- The Construction of Gender in the New Testament
- Desire and the Body in the Patristic Period
- Duns Scotus on the Female Gender
- Reproducing Medieval Christianity
- Chaste Bodies, Salacious Thoughts: The Sexual Trials of the Medieval Clergy
- Sex and Marriage in the Protestant Tradition, 1500–1900
- Conflicts Within the Roman Catholic Church
- Conflicts Within the Anglican Communion
- Pentecostal Churches and Homosexuality
- Theology and Practice in Evangelical Churches
- Conflicts Within the Black Churches
- Violence and Justice
- Sexual Pleasure
- Desire and Love
- People Beginning Sexual Experience
- Wives and Husbands
- Gay Affections
- Bisexual People
- Intersex and Transgender People
- Disabled People
- Friends and Friendship
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter presents first a survey of some of the insights that have emerged from a number of theoretical approaches to psychological exploration, and situates them in their respective psychological traditions. This survey then serves as a resource for reflections on ‘what theologians need to know’ if theological work is to be grounded in a dialogue with what psychology has to offer.
Key observations include: the pervasiveness of sexuality in human experience (with ‘sexuality’ understood in its widest scope); the fundamentally relational (rather than biological) nature of sexual drive and motivation; the essentially developmental nature of human sexuality; and the great variety of experience and behaviour. It is proposed that theology can benefit from the descriptive work available, even if some of the interpretative and explanatory approaches do not sit easily with classic Christian understandings.
Brendan Callaghan SJ, The Master at Campion Hall, Oxford.
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