I’ve been interested in the idea of “taboos” for a long time—those intricate rules that overarch our society and ideas of the sacred. They can be tools to keep people from harming others or themselves. They can be used as social conditioning, arbitrarily enforcing certain behaviors as a means of control.
Our August 23 cover story on monogamy and Dan Savage has
gotten a lot of feedback, both positive and negative. Benjamin Dueholm offers a
nuanced take on the ways the popular sex columnist is beating pastors at their
own game--and the ways Savage's ethical worldview falls short. Some readers
seem too stuck on the first point--"the Christian
Century believes we should be instructed by an advice columnist," crows Joe Carter at First Things--to hear Dueholm out on the second.
Since starting seminary I've had the opportunity to read
through the Old Testament with a thoroughness I haven't used since my
evangelical youth group days. While building biblical literacy is something
evangelicals do very well, reading the Old Testament now reminds me how my context
shaped how I read the Bible. And it all had to do with sex.
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Margaret M. Mitchell and Frances M. Young, eds.
The Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume 8: World Christianities, c. 1815–c. 1914.
Sheridan Gilley and Brian Stanley, eds.
The Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume 9: World Christianities, c. 1914–c. 2000
Hugh McLeod, ed.
A Greek Roman Empire: Power and Belief Under Theodosius II (408-450)
God's War: A New History of the Crusades
Sex, Marriage, and Family in John Calvin's Geneva, Volume 1: Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage
John Witte Jr. and Robert M. Kingdon, eds.
Religion, Family, and Community in Victorian Canada: The Colbys of Carrollcroft
Marguerite Van Die
Rebecca's Revival: Creating Black Christianity in the Atlantic World
Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University
The Catholic Origins of Quebec's Quiet Revolution, 1931-1970
Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the American Civil War