- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0631218181
- ISBN-13: 978-0631218180
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This genealogical approach to Christian sexual ethics is as refreshing as it is illuminating. If this book is taken seriously, and it should be, it could transform the current and totally hackneyed debates." Graham Ward, University of Manchester
"This book provides an informative foundation for a serious study of religious sexual teachings and a helpful survey of current debates in religious circles regarding sexual ethics." Choice
"Occasionally a book appears that stimulates such thoughtful controversy that one can welcome its arrival with a certain delight. Such a book is The Ethics of Sex by Mark Jordan." International Academy for Marital Spirituality Review
"The Ethics of Sex is perhaps the best undergraduate sexual ethics book available today." Journal of the American Academy of Religion
"(A) thought-provoking challenge to all ethicists (theological or secular) who aspire to offer an account of the 'ethics of sex'" Women's Philosophy Review
Makes a concerted attempt to reconceptualize & re-engender Christian theology from non-heterosexual, marginalized perspectives.
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As an undergraduate student unfamiliar to the history of Christian views of sex, I found the genealogy alone very enlightening (even though I felt sick as I learned the genealogy of "orthodoxy"). The concluding portion of the book was excellent as well, coming as a refreshment and source of excitement for contemporary Christian sexual ethics. Jordan seems to know how pick his arguments and points of contention well, so the book feels (at times) breezy and light yet engaging and rigorous. In one sense, however, it therefore has the feel of a more introductory work - which I would argue it is!
In all aspects, a highly recommended work.
Pathetic too is the writing about this guy's art. Great surrealism in 2005 shouldn't be rehashes of Dali, Magritte, or Ernst. Ryden's paintings are exactly what surrealist art should be in this new millenium. This is a consumer society with virtually no history and no cultural roots--our dream imagery is Ryden's dream imagery. No artist alive better captures the collective unconsciousness of the West right now. We don't need comments about his wackiness or creepiness or use of Barbie in a painting, we need intelligent commentary about this man's place in the great sequence of artists and what it says about where that sequence be headin'.
Interesting too, while the official "Art World" was self-destructing, wallowing in subjectivity, and simultaneously boring us all to death, Ryden, and a handful of others considered outsider artists (check out Donald Roller Wilson), regained both craftmanship and communications skills. This is the real art world now; honestly, you can cancel your subscription to Artforum--that lame and pompous tribute to gag-me snooty intellectual writing, grants, academia, marketing, and "social awareness" (unless you really love reading art reviews that immediately yammer about "globalization," "gender issues" and "the OTHER")--and get Juxtapoz instead (if you already haven't).
The exercises are disappointing - it's just a list of single sentences prompts for writing about common life events. "Write about an argument," "write about going to college, either deciding to go or not go."
Most of the stories feature commentary at the end of each one, but it's not doled out evenly for each story. It's a mixed bag of literary cricism and/or author insight that may be a little or a lot, depending on the story.
The stories themselves are laid out alphabetically by author with a second table of contents where they're grouped by things like voice, point of view, etc.
I was looking for very short stories with more discussion on techniques and concepts specific to short-shorts. It's more like a literary sampler with a side of literary criticism and a dash of instruction.
The 'instructions' could all fit on one page and consist of such helpful hints as "choose your voice, point of view, and setting...the choice is entirely up to you". "Write a rough draft..." "Edit your draft for logic, clarity, and plausibility." "Continually read excellent fiction."
The section of exercises is simply a list of 20 topics with this instruction: "Write a very short story about one of the following:"
The glossary is less than two pages long and has no examples.
I was expecting each story to have an introduction that told me why it is a masterpiece and what to look for. There is an index of stories by voice, point of view and setting. Those are fairly obvious.
Another sad lesson in not judging a book by its cover.