A lily among the thorns : imagining a new Christian by Miguel A. De La Torre

By Miguel A. De La Torre

A Lily one of the Thorns provides Christians a brand new state of mind approximately sexuality. writer Miguel De l. a. Torre, a well-respected ethicist and professor identified for his leading edge readings of Christian doctrine, rejects either the liberal and conservative prejudices approximately intercourse. freeing the feminine physique -- freeing the physique of colour -- The physique and its pleasures -- A sexual ethics for the physique -- nice intercourse in marriage -- intercourse and the only Christian -- Same-sex relationships -- Predatory intercourse

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This is not to infer that the only reason to eliminate patriarchy is so one can have great sex. Patriarchy should be eliminated because it is unjust and contrary to the basic gospel message of liberation for all who are created in the image of God. When sex takes place in any hierarchical relationship in which women are subordinate to men, both parties are likely to be frustrated in their hopes for ultimate ecstasy. Sex may still be enjoyable, but to experience deep and profound pleasure is difficult, and some would say impossible.

In reality, men as possessors of women also become subjugated to the very structures they create and establish for self-benefit. Why? Because those structures that privilege men with control also prevent them from fully experiencing the depths of intimacy, and that lack of intimacy prevents human fulfillment and closeness to God. The greatest threat to mutual giving and vulnerability in relationships—and, by extension, to human and spiritual fulfillment—has historically been, and continues to be, the way in which women are perceived within patriarchy.

As long as patriarchal structures define the personal and spiritual development of women, neither party in the relationship will be able to fully enjoy the passion possible through sex. This continues to be so even as well-meaning Christians often mention the need to return to a more literal interpretation of the scriptures. Unfortunately, most traditional readings of the biblical text, specifically on issues on sexuality, can prove to be quite unchristian, especially when the Bible is read through the eyes of patriarchy.

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