The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender

ISBN : 9780198779346

Adrian Thatcher
736 Pages
171 x 246 mm
Pub date
Feb 2017
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The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality, and Gender presents an unrivalled overview of the theological study of sexuality and gender. Not merely contentious and pervasive topics, sexuality and gender have escalated in importance within theology. Theologians increasingly agree that even the very doctrine of God cannot be contemplated without a prior grappling with each. Featuring 41 newly-commissioned essays, written by the foremost scholars in the discipline, this authoritative collection presents and develops the latest thinking in the area. Divided into eight thematic sections, the Handbook explores key methodological approaches, concepts, and issues, as well as current controversies within various denominations. Selected essays draw on reason as a distinct source of theology, discussing evolutionary biology and behavioural genetics, psychology, anthropological research, philosophical research, and queer theory. It examines the history of in theologies of sexuality and gender, with close analysis of the Bible and the Christian tradition. The final section considers theology in relation to different expressions of sexual identities. This volume is an essential reference for students and scholars, which will also stimulate further research.


1. Methods
1 Adrian Thatcher: Introduction
2 Elizabeth Stuart: The Theological Study of Sexuality
3 Tina Beattie: The Theological Study of Gender
4 Eugene Rogers: Doctrine and Sexuality

2. What Theologians Need to Know
5 Neil Messer: Contributions from Biology
6 Brendan Callaghan: Contributions from Psychology
7 Simon Coleman and Anna Stewart: Contributions from Anthropology
8 Marta Trzebiatowska: Contributions from Sociology
9 Cynthia Nielsen and Michael Barnes Norton: Contributions from Philosophy
10 Patrick S. Cheng: Contributions from Queer Theory

3. Sexuality and Gender in the Biblical World
11 Ken Stone: Marriage and Sexual Relations in the World of the Hebrew Bible
12 William Loader: Marriage and Sexual Relations in the New Testament World
13 Theodore Jennings: Same-sex Relations in the Biblical World
14 Colleen Conway: The Construction of Gender in the New Testament

4. Sexuality and Gender in Christian Tradition
15 Mathew Kuefler: Desire and the Body in the Patristic Period
16 Marilyn McCord Adams: Duns Scotus on the Female Body
17 Ruth Mazo Carras: Reproducing Medieval Christianity
18 Dyan Elliott: Chaste Bodies, Salacious Thoughts
19 John Witte, jr.: Sex and Marriage in the Protestant Tradition, 1500 - 1900

5. Controversies within the Church
20 Linda Hogan: Conflicts within the Roman Catholic Church
21 Jane Shaw: Conflicts within the Anglican Communion
22 William Kay and Stephen Hunt: Pentecostal Churches and Homosexuality
23 Andrew Goddard: Theology and Practice in Evangelical Churches
24 Angelique Harris: Conflicts within the Black Churches

6. Inter-religious Conversations
25 Ronit Irshai: Judaism
26 Asma Barlas: Islam
27 Madakranta Bose: Hinduism
28 Rita Gross: Buddhism

7. Concepts and Issues
29 Pamela Cooper-White: Violence and Justice
30 Margaret Kamitsuka: Pleasure
31 Ola Sigurdson: Desire and Love
32 Mary Jo Iozzio: HIV/ Aids

8. Sexual Theologies for All People
33 Todd Salzmann and Michael Lawler: People Beginning Sexual Experience
34 Thomas Knieps Port Le-Roi: Wives and Husbands
35 Adrian Thatcher: Families
36 Gerard Loughlin: Gay People
37 Lisa Isherwood: Lesbians
38 Margaret Robinson: Bisexual People
39 Susannah Cornwall: Intersex and Transgender People
40 Deborah Creamer: Disabled People
41 Steve Summers: Friends and Friendship

About the author: 

Adrian Thatcher is Visiting Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Exeter. He was formerly Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Exeter (2004-2011), and Professor of Applied Theology at the University of St Mark and John, Plymouth (1995-2004). His publications include Redeeming Gender (OUP, 2016), Making Sense of Sex (SPCK, 2012), and God, Sex, and Gender (Wiley Blackwell, 2011).

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