Divine Sex : A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age
Overview - The digital revolution has ushered in a series of sexual revolutions, all contributing to a perfect storm for modern relationships. Online dating, social media, internet pornography, and the phenomenon of the smartphone generation have created an avalanche of change with far-reaching consequences for sexuality today. Read more...
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The digital revolution has ushered in a series of sexual revolutions, all contributing to a perfect storm for modern relationships. Online dating, social media, internet pornography, and the phenomenon of the smartphone generation have created an avalanche of change with far-reaching consequences for sexuality today. The church has struggled to address this new moral ecology because it has focused on clarity of belief rather than quality of formation. The real challenge for spiritual formation lies in addressing the underlying moral intuitions we carry subconsciously, which are shaped by the convictions of our age.
In this book, a fresh new voice offers a persuasive Christian vision of sex and relationships, calling young adults to faithful discipleship in a hypersexualized world. Drawing from his pastoral experience with young people and from cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines, Jonathan Grant helps Christian leaders understand the cultural forces that make the church's teaching on sex and relationships ineffective in the lives of today's young adults. He also sets forth pastoral strategies for addressing the underlying fault lines in modern sexuality.
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Attempting to reframe the Christian view of sex, Grant aims to “challenge our culture’s worship of sexual desire and personal fulfillment” and offers in its place “a different vision of human flourishing.” Grant defines this vision against the collective Christian understanding of sex that seeks to redeem desire through discipleship. However, after giving a shallow critique of culture, Grant hardly presents an irresistible outlook on divine sex. While he provides some cogent criticisms of culture and keen insights on the need for a reinvented Christian discipleship, Grant’s analysis toes the traditional conservative/Protestant line alongside cherry-picked sexual quotations from great thinkers and cultural references, masquerading as ethnography. Grant attempts to reorient the entirety of Christian missions and ministry around the ideals of sexuality and desire, but he doesn’t quite seem to know what to do with his wide-ranging critique. In the end, he proves better at tearing down than building up, offering no clear pathway for redeeming desire and sexuality in the context of Christian sexual and social relationships. (July)