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Dirt, Greed, and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today [Paperback]

By L. William Countryman (Author)
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Pages   350
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN  0800638484  
EAN  9780800638481  


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This new revised edition, of the landmark 1988 text, includes updated text and notes throughout, taking advantage of recent studies of sexual ethics and, where appropriate, criticizing them. A new chapter engages the presumed "ethic of creation" that has become a major theme among more conservative thinkers and writers in biblical ethics. A concluding chapter on sex is thoroughly rewritten and offers a positive statement of a New Testament sexual ethic.

Publishers Description
This new revised edition, of the landmark 1988 text, includes updated text and notes throughout, taking advantage of recent studies of sexual ethics and, where appropriate, criticizing them. A new chapter engages the presumed "ethic of creation7#34; that has become a major theme among more conservative thinkers and writers in biblical ethics. A concluding chapter on sex is thoroughly rewritten and offers a positive statement of a New Testament sexual ethic.

Community Description
In this classic study, Countryman gives a comprehensive overview of the Old Testament law and how it affected the mindsets of those living during New Testament times. He then goes further into how it relates to us today. His scholarship and theology are excellent. He looks at Mosaic law in context, and at the New Testament teachings on it. He goes into depth, often taking us back to original texts and holding our hand through the tribulations of translation.
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Eye opening, insightful book  Dec 9, 2009
Father William M. Countryman is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors on all thing Christian, along with his fellow Episcopalian, Bishop John Shelby Spong. Countryman is a thorough scholar and this is a superbly written book. Be sure to pick up Countryman's other excellent books, particularly Gifted By Otherness. If you're LGBT and struggling to reconcile faith with your life, this is the book for you. Countryman is an openly gay Episcopalian priest and scholar. You'll love this book, it's a real life changer.
 
An interesting book  Mar 13, 2009
Countryman writes in a clear manner; it was pleasant to read as far as theology books go.

He views the Old Testament texts on sexual ethics through an interesting lens: one of purity and property law. This is problematic for several reasons, one of which is that the morality of the OT leaned on more than these laws. They also drew theological implications from the narratives. For instance from the narratives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob they learned that trusting God is good. Particular to sexual ethics, guiding principles were also seen in the creation account. If the theology of these narratives were taken into account it would not happily mesh with Countryman's conclusions.

While I disagree with most of Countryman's conclusions, I am a more careful reader of the OT after reading his book. I found myself often saying "he has a point" and just lines later "that's a big stretch." He is creative, but creativity in historical and literary interpretation leads to surprising conclusions that flash and then often fade.

I recommend reading a book that covers the same ground from a historical Christian perspective. Though you may come to disagree, it will certainly nourish a deeper engagement with Countryman's writings.
 
With a title like this one ...  Oct 22, 2008
... one can't help but be interested or repulsed - and therein lies the challenge of this book! But let me start by saying that this is a revised edition of the now classic book (same title) that came out 20 years ago - back when Nelson Mandela was still in jail, CDs overtook vinyl sales for the first time, Ronald Reagan was still President (although George W. Bush won the election later that year), and the fall of the Berlin Wall had yet to happen. People on this site are still reviewing the earlier edition and their comments are still relevant, as the author's conclusions have not changed significantly. Countryman argues that the various expressions of sexual morality presented in the Bible can be explained by the ethical principles of purity and property, whose antitheses are dirt and greed (hence the title). After examining how these principles are expressed in the Bible - and in particular the impact Jesus and Paul had on the way the early Christian communities rejected/reshaped them - Countryman explores the ways in which we might deal with issues of sexual morality today. His conclusions were deemed shocking 20 years ago - bestiality, erotica, homosexuality ought only be deemed `wrong' if they are degrading to those involved, not in and of themselves. It is perhaps a sad state of affairs that even after twenty years, the subtitle to Countryman's book - Sexual Ethics in the NT and Their Implications for Today - is just as relevant. Read this book - be freshly informed about the Bible - and be challenged regarding those things you might feel are `dirty.'
 

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