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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433536099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433536090
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Denny Burk has written both a brilliant critique of errant sexual views and presented a cogent case for the biblical meaning of sex that transcends all cultures and time. Burk's thesis developed in this book is that sex is a gift from God that is to be enjoyed exclusively within the covenant of marriage so that it might magnify God's own covenant love for his people and thus bring glory to Him. The glory of God [all of who God is put on display] is the ultimate purpose of everything a Christian does - including sex.

There have been many books written by Christians in the past several years but they usually fall short in applying a teleological view of sex. In other words they address what the Bible has to say about sex, but not necessarily what the purpose of sex is. Burk writes: "What they [with reference to Mark Driscoll's recent book on sex and marriage - but can be applied to various other authors] never asked, however, is the teleological question: Does this act fulfill God's purposes for the sexual union? Does this act fulfill Gd's ultimate purpose for marriage and sexuality--the glory of God? This is where teleology can help us."

Burk proceeds to write a biblical theology of sex with a God-centered ethical foundation based on virtually everything the Bible has to say about our bodies, our interpretation of the relevant passages pertaining to sex, our marriages, conjugal unions, family planning, gender, sexuality and singleness. In all these areas Burk does a remarkable job of what he describes as blending biblical theology, ethics, and cultural issues pertaining to sex. He writes, "I am favoring a bleded approach that gives a privileged place to teleology within the framework of divine revelation.
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I sometimes hear Christians say that our world is really no worse from biblical times in terms of [sexual] immorality. There is some truth to this assessment, for there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9) and sexual perversions like homosexuality have existed since the time of Genesis. However, in another sense, I think we are in a much darker day. In large part aided by technology, sexual immorality has diversified and proliferated. If we look at pornography as an example, it did not exist for most of human history. And when it first came into existence, once had to go into a physical store in order to obtain it. Ubiquity of consumption was reigned in by the hassle and embarrassment. Now, anyone can access it without another's knowledge with the click of a mouse. Temptation is all around, and secular/revisionist voices boom telling us not only that any kind of sexual activity is okay, but that even gender itself is a social construct. In this generation more than ever before, Christians need to be solidly grounded in a biblical sexual ethic - to understand what the Bible teaches about gender and sexuality and how it applies to the ethical challenges we face today.

In this new book, Denny Burk (associate professor at Boyce college, associate pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church, and editor of The Journal for Biblical Manhood & Womanhood) shows us from the Bible "what the meaning of sex is and thereby how we ought to order our sexual lives under God" (12).
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Sex. It’s a constant topic today, isn’t it? Whether you read entirely within Christian media, entirely outside of it, or a bit of both, you can hardly avoid the topic. And if it’s not sex itself, it’s one of the related topics—homosexuality or abortion or marriage. There are few areas where we find such debate and few areas that have greater impact on life, family and church.

Denny Burk has just stepped into the fray with What Is The Meaning of Sex?, a wide-ranging treatment of what the Bible says about sex and sexuality. This is not a guide to a better marriage and certainly not a bedroom how-to. Instead, it is a book that addresses sex in the big picture—the biggest possible picture—by discovering the ultimate purpose for sex and, from there, its many implications.

As the book begins, Burk explains his belief that much of our discussion about sex has been derailed by confusing the ultimate purpose of sex with its subordinate purposes. These subordinate purposes—the consummation of marriage, procreation, love, and pleasure—are good and God-honoring, but insufficient on their own to understand why God created sex. The ultimate purpose of sex, he says, is to glorify God. He proves this with a careful exposition of 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 where Paul corrects a sexual aberration among the Christians of Corinth by commanding the people there to use their bodies for God’s glory. “The ultimate purpose of sex is the glory of God. Sex, gender, marriage, manhood, womanhood—all of it—exist ultimately for the glory of God. The glory of God as the ultimate purpose of sex is not merely a theological deduction. It is the explicit teaching of Scripture.
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