Reviews

|

We All Need Sexual Healing
Image: Alex Nabaum
Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age
Our Rating
4 Stars - Excellent
Book Title
Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age
Author
Publisher
Brazos Press
Release Date
July 21, 2015
Pages
256
Price
$13.06
Buy Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age from Amazon

When it comes to sexuality, there’s an ever-growing gulf between the way Christians think and the way secular people think. Biblical and cultural perspectives clash, not just on who gets to have sex and when, but on what sex is for, what it means, what it essentially is. Clearly, that poses challenges for the tasks of apologetics and evangelism. But it also frustrates efforts at Christian discipleship and formation.

Simply by living in the modern West, followers of Jesus cannot help imbibing the assumptions, practices, and stories of a culture centered on the pursuit and fulfillment of individual desires. As a result, our efforts at purity and restraint—pledges, rings, annual sex talks, True Love Waits campaigns—are like fighting tanks with peashooters. We need a more comprehensive and compelling vision of sex.

So argues Jonathan Grant, an Anglican pastor in New Zealand, in his book Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age (Brazos). His basic point is that instructions, exhortations, and doctrines are vitally important but go only so far. Instead, we need to thoroughly reimagine our popular narrative of sexual liberation, with all its implied commitments, desires, and practices.

In Part I, Grant explains why the modern world sees sex the way it does: as an expression of the self, an act of freedom, a consumer choice, and a fundamentally natural (rather than transcendent) activity. Then, in Part II, he offers his response: “a new course for Christian formation,” requiring a new way of thinking about the future, human desires, our shared story, and everyday practices.

How We Got Here

Divine Sex is heavily indebted to the language and approach ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

From Issue:
Browse All Book Reviews By:
Christianity Today
We All Need Sexual Healing
hide thisSeptember September

In the Magazine

September 2015

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.