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Bringing Sex into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity Paperback – January 21, 2012
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"The skeptic would argue that the Bible was written in a time and culture so different from ours that its prescriptions are no longer valid or relevant for us. But truth be told, the New Testament world was characterized by as much sexual freedom as we have today. In our age of 'whatever floats your boat,' Caroline Simon makes the virtuous life appealing, worth pursuing and ultimately profoundly satisfying." (Rebecca Manley Pippert, author of Out of the Saltshaker & into the World)
"Caroline Simon presents a balanced philosophical approach to the orthodox Christian ethics of sex for a whole new generation of wonderers. Bringing Sex into Focus is well worth your time." (Andrew Marin, author of Love Is an Orientation, www.themarinfoundation.org)
"In this fine book Caroline Simon delivers marvelously on what she promises: philosophically informed insight into the complexities of human sexuality. Not that she stays on the level of theory. There is much practical wisdom here on the 'ordinary' interactions of our highly sexualized culture: flirtation, seduction, 'hook-ups,' and much more!" (Richard J. Mouw, president and professor of Christian philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary)
"Caroline Simon defends sexual integrity, but that's not her sole intention. With clarity and care Simon describes cultural lenses used to determine what we believe about flirting, premarital sex, prostitution and other sexual behaviors. She challenges readers to avoid simplistic explanations of perspectives other than their own as she helps us understand how each leads to consistent beliefs about sexual behaviors. Simon's readable, philosophical study of sex makes an important contribution to the field." (Lisa Graham McMinn, professor of sociology and author of Sexuality and Holy Longing)
"Bringing Sex into Focus delivers on the promise of its title: clarifying the meaning of sex and sexual faithfulness. Caroline Simon describes multiple lenses--both Christian and secular--used to interpret human sexuality, and fairly brings them into dialogue with one another. The book promotes civility and fairness for Christians engaging diverse sexual views and also upholds Christian ideals. Readers will be challenged to sharpen their vision, supported by this well-researched and lucidly presented book." (Jenell Williams Paris, professor of anthropology, Messiah College, and author of The End of Sexual Identity)
"I found this to be a very readable book. The author considers a number of interesting topics from flirting and seduction to pornography and prostitution to hooking up and casual sex. One of the values of this book is it helps one to consider the extent to which someone is functioning within an alternative view with integrity. . . . These virtue distinctions are presented by the author in such a way as to help others be more honest about their sexual struggles." (Rod Bassett, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 2014, Vol. 33, No. 2)
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The thrust of Simon's work is that sex is good. After all, it is a very physical act with immediate physical positives. However, she would argue that sex behind the physicality of it produces something vital to human flourishing, both to the male and the female. Indeed, following a certain Aquinian logic, sex is what unites two souls into one, and thus, we must move beyond the succession of lenses in how we view it if we are to be successful in appropriately focusing on sex to build up our personhood. She moves past the Roman Catholic view, or the procreative view, into what she calls the covenantal view, the highest in her estimation. In this view, sex is not just about procreating (and she is absolutely sure to make sure that her Protestant readers do not misunderstand the Roman Catholic view as solely this), but about affirming one another so that there is a certain mutual spirituality present.Read more ›
My favorite part of the book was Simon's discussion of chastity. We are chaste when our experience of and involvement with sexuality is whole, life-giving, rich and full. We can be chaste as single people or as married people. Simon describes chastity as much more than a synonym for virginity. Chastity is "the virtue that helps us focus our sexual energies on committed relationships" but is also "the successful integration of sexuality within a person that results in inner unity between bodily and spiritual being." Chastity enables a person "to use one's sexual powers intelligently in the pursuit of human flourishing and happiness."
Here's a longer quotation: "Chastity allow us to take our sexuality with us wherever we go without treating other people as collections of sexualized body parts.Read more ›
I am a bit disappointed with her chapter dedicated to homosexuality. Though this book is largely an ethical and philosophical study, this particular chapter seemed to walk a strange tightrope rather than ask the more direct biblical passages as well as the difficult methodical questions (such as, "How is Christ calling the church to repsond to this community of persons?").
That being said, her chapter on Sex as a Commodity was a valuable one. She writes, "Sex always expresses something, and what it expresses in pornography subordination of women. Pornography doesn't just mirror this inequality - it is an active agent in the creation of the subordination of women. MacKinnon claims that 'what pornography DOES goes beyond its content: it eroticizes hierarchy; it sexualizes inequality. It makes dominance and submission into sex" (149).
She goes on to write, "Pornography enlists its consumers to engage, over and over, in having 'sex with another without having to directly interact with, or be accountable to, the sexual other.' Pornography teaches them to expect that women want to be mere objects of someone else's arousal. Consequently, the use of pornography is rehearsal for sexual narcissism. What we rehearse over and over affects who we become.Read more ›
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This short and readable little book attempts to deal with the intersection of Christian ethics and human sexuality in a wise, succinct, and highly intelligent way. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Clint Walker
"Bringing Sex Into Focus: The Quest for Sexual Integrity" is a new offering from Caroline J. Simon. It is an interesting read on Christian sexuality and a manageable length at less... Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Curtis