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"I have never seen anywhere this kind of compelling analysis. This may be the most important book written in our generation."
Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This extraordinary book doesn't flinch or equivocate. It is comprehensive, practical and highly readable. What a breathtaking achievement!"
Fred Barnes, Co-founder and Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard, and Co-Host of FOX News Channel's "The Beltway Boys"

"A very thorough study of biblical sexual morality and how it is twisted by the world."
Elisabeth Elliot Gren, author, Through Gates of Splendor; widow of JimElliot

"Here at long last is a strong, biblical, prophetic, and courageous corrective to the sexual anarchy reigning in our culture. It will frame debate and equip Christians to battle for moral sanity and for souls."
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This book upholds high standards of biblical holiness, purity, beauty, and joy in clear contrast to the bankrupt, destructive immorality flooding our culture today."
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

"Here is an uncompromising explanation of the Bible's clear teaching on God's design for our sexuality. It will be an enormously effective weapon against the pagan sexuality emerging in our culture."
Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary

"This important work is comprehensive and thorough, and most importantly is biblically and theologically sound. It fills a void in current discussion and will be a standard resource for Christians in the years ahead."
Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Here is a classic Christian critique of our age-a sharp arrow in the Christian's quiver of essential weapons for spiritual warfare-a tour de force for biblical truth and practice."
R. Phillip Roberts, President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

"All who care about the true good of men and women, and the upholding of truth and scriptural teaching, will find in this book enormous instruction, insight, vision, and encouragement."
Bruce A. Ware, T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

About the Author

Daniel R. Heimbach is Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Born in China of missionary parents, Dr. Heimbach was educated at the U.S. Naval Academy, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Drew University, and served on the White House domestic policy staff.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (November 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581344856
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581344851
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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By Patrick Murphy on April 23, 2006
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I can't express you how delighted I am that this work exists. I have been talking about it and describing it and recommending it incessantly.

Heimbach clarifies the problem we face so marvelously, and writes so readably, there is no excuse for this book not to become a standard reference. I'm not sure I have ever endorsed a book this highly.

It is essential that we stand back and examine the great myth we all have grown up inside of, which skews and distorts our understanding of what God wants and expects of us regarding sexuality. I myself had no idea how harmful the Romantic sexual paradigm is, and how much I need to correct in my self; I grew up listening to the songs quoted in the book, and came to realize that the Romantic set of assumptions suffuses my instincts regarding sexuality. It is somewhat wrenching, the process of removal of those false assumptions, but liberating and exciting, too. I have always tried to hold the Bible in tension with what I absorbed as "obviously true" about real-life sexual morality. Heimbach doesn't scold or decree; he takes the reader out of the maelstrom, and examines all of our assumptions from a perspective-giving distance. When we return to our accustomed way of thinking, we discover that we now know why we've been wrong all along, like a kid who gives up thumb-sucking for lent, and finds no pleasure in it when he tries it again the day after Easter.

The other paradigms he examines (playboy, thereputic and pagan) are less applicable to me personally, but I am confident that Christians looking for answers to those sets of issues will be just as satisfied. It is a comprehensive work. Perhaps, it's the definitive work on the subject.
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Professor Heimbach has contributed an excellent analysis of the issues and pertinent Scripture when addressing the issue of Biblical standards applied to questions of what constitutes morality, especially in today's "whatever" culture. Personally I have some differences with a few of his conclusions, but the topics and questions that he raises are valid and profitable. At times I sense that his conclusions are "pre-shaped" by his background rather than by the freedom which Scripture gives. The core issue, which is at the center of Professor Heimbach's treatment, is that Christians need to determine morality by God's precepts as revealed in His Word, and not by the cultural permissiveness of our day. At that core point, I am in 100% agreement, but I think that freedom in Christ gives more latitude than Professor Heimbach.
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This book does an excellent job of examining sexual morality in our culture today and demonstrating the necessity to return to a traditional understanding. This conservative work should be required reading for anyone concerned with sexual ethics.
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Daniel Heimbach sounds the alarm about Sexual (im)morality in the U.S. Writing as a Christian with extensive policy experience and interaction with the secular sphere, he explains that sexual ethics is in a much worse state than many Christians suppose. Marshaling shocking testimony from scholars and religious leaders he builds the case that not only is Christian sexual morality in decline, but it is being attacked. The consequences affect not only the nation and society but one's eternity as well. The only remedy is a comprehensive understanding of and return to Christian sexual ethics which he thoroughly summarizes in this monograph. An excellent read for those who want to better understand the Spirit of the Age when it comes to sexual morality in this country.
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Wow! Is my response to this book.
The author of True Sexual Morality (henceforth TSM) knows his Bible.
He also knows his sexual mores. They are Scriptural.
This book is not an easy read. It is one that is important, however. As the subtitle states, we are a culture in crisis. We need to recover Biblical standards. If professors, teachers, preachers, and all Christians would take heed to this book we could indeed recover these Biblical standards. Our churches, as well as our culture, are in crisis.
From the spiritualizing of sex by paganism to the spiritual aspect of sex in Christianity; from the reason why sex should be exclusive to marriage to the reasons against polygamy, TSM covers its subject matter almost exhaustively.
TSM should be given a second subtitle: "An Encyclopedia of Christian Sexual Ethics." I don't think there is anything neglected.
TSM should be used as a textbook in every Christian Bible college, seminary, university, and should be used as a reference by every committed Bible teacher.
It's that good.
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Excellent book! A must read and must have book on sexuality. Well thought and written. When describing those he opposes he quotes them often, and points to its weakness, not only from a biblical point of view, but also from a logical and psychological. That said, someone who doesn't appreciate scripture as God's word will not find this book helpful, as you may see in the 1 star reviews.
The best chapters are #12 and #18.
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This book is an amazing work that follows the descent of sex into pagan worship in America. Highly recommended for all Christians who desire to truly understand sex in culture!!!
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