READING THE BIBLE WITH SEX-POSITIVE EYES was created as a response to the many sexual crises that have developed as a direct result of erotophobic Christian teaching about the body. We believe the central tenet of Christianity is incarnation, the teaching that God-Became- Flesh and lived(s) among us. Although the stories of the life and ministry of Jesus show us how to be spiritual beings in these physical bodies, the Christian Church had very few positive things to say about sensuality and sexuality. But, if we can’t see the positives, then we certainly miss the theological connections between the body injustices as well.
Using the framework of a justice-centered gospel and, in simple terms, this four-part curriculum explains how Jesus’s teachings were morphed into suspicion of the body and pleasure, and twisted into current harmful repressive teachings (#1). It addresses the seduction of culture and the cultural distortion into “religious truth” (#2). Various biblical passages used to justify repression are examined and critiqued, while an alternative sex-positive narrative is presented (#3), and finally, in this context of sexual freedom, a framework for a moral sexual ethical decision-making process is presented. (#4). This work builds on the crucial theological work of a wide group of Christian liberation theologians that include feminists, womanists, post-colonialists, and queer scholarship.
There is good news about sexuality in the Bible and in the life and teachings of Jesus. Let’s celebrate the body and all its needs and desires, and work for justice for our body-selves.
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