edited by Patricia Beattie Jung and Aana Marie Vigen
contributions by Terry Grande, Susan A Ross, Frank Fennell, Anne E Figert, Patricia Beattie Jung, Fred Kniss, John McCarthy, Jon Nilson, Stephen J Pope, Joan Roughgarden, Aana Marie Vigen, John Anderson, Joel S. Brown, James Calcagno, Francis J Catania, Pamela L. Caughie, Robin Colburn and Robert de Vito
University of Illinois Press, 2010
Paper: 978-0-252-07724-1 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03537-1 | eISBN: 978-0-252-04727-5
Library of Congress Classification BT708.G57 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 241.66


God, Sex, Science, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics is a timely, wide-ranging attempt to rescue dialogues on human sexuality, sexual diversity, and gender from insular exchanges based primarily on biblical scholarship and denominational ideology. Too often, dialogues on sexuality and gender devolve into the repetition of party lines and defensive postures, without considering the interdisciplinary body of scholarly research on this complex subject. This volume expands beyond the usual parameters, opening the discussion to scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to foster the development of Christian sexual ethics for contemporary times.

Essays by prominent and emerging scholars in the fields of anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, literary studies, theology, and ethics reveal how faith and reason can illuminate our understanding of human sexual and gender diversity. Focusing on the intersection of theology and science and incorporating feminist theory, God, Science, Sex, Gender is a much-needed call for Christian ethicists to map the origins and full range of human sexual experience and gender identity. Essays delve into why human sexuality and gender can be so controversial in Christian contexts, investigate the complexity of sexuality in humans and other species, and reveal the implications of diversity for Christian moral theology.

Contributors are Joel Brown, James Calcagno, Francis J. Catania, Pamela L. Caughie, Robin Colburn, Robert Di Vito, Terry Grande, Frank Fennell, Anne E. Figert, Patricia Beattie Jung, Fred Kniss, John McCarthy, Jon Nilson, Stephen J. Pope, Susan A. Ross, Joan Roughgarden, and Aana Marie Vigen.