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The God of Sex Paperback – February 6, 2014
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About the Author
Dr. Peter R. Jones is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (pcanet.org). He holds a B.A. from the University of Wales (UK), an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Peter was a professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California, for twelve years, and at La Faculte de Theologie in Aix-en-Provence, France for seventeen years. He is the author of numerous books, including One or Two, The Gnostic Empire Strikes Back, Stolen Identity, Spirit Wars, Capturing the Pagan Mind and co-author of the bestselling Cracking Da Vinci's Code.
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From the outset, the author makes clear that one's position on the issue of sexuality will result from an established worldview. If one believes the earth to be of accidental origin or built upon a pantheon of gods, then sexuality dissolves into the pluralistic whole. However, if someone believes that humans were created in the image of God and crafted with divine distinctiveness, then sexuality has a proper place and gender a significant role. Using the realm of philosophical thought, the author sides with the pages of scripture and outlines the greatness of sexual expression when placed in its proper design.
The author succeeds in a reasoned, scriptural analysis of sexuality. Understanding the Bible to be nothing less than the word of God, Peter R. Jones reveals how the male/female distinction fits into the divine design and brings glory to God when the two come together in the bonds of marital intimacy. If you are looking for a solid resource on scripture's clear teaching of sexuality, this work is a worthy buy.
The first half is an explanation of Christian and Pagan world-view and how sex is intimately connected to and profoundly affected by our view of the world. Each view is present in our culture in various ways, and Dr. Jones shows effects these view have had and are having in society. The second part, worth the price of the book alone, is a clear, easily understandable, and comprehensive exposition of the bible's teaching on sexuality. Whether you hold a traditional view of sex or a more "progressive" one you will want to read this section carefully.
This book is timely and a must read for all if for no other reason than to get a new (or old depending on your point of view) perspective on the debates over sex, marriage, and sexuality
But then the book exploded into one of the most well thought out explainations of how our theology and sexuality intertwine. He presents sexuality as a sacrament of who God is and thus different sexualities represent different gods. It was a scripturally and intellectually rich book and am suprised that it is not a higher seller.
For something more concise dealing with the differences between Christian and pagan thought, see: