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Making Love Just: Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Times

Making Love Just: Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Times

These days sexual sin is far less about sex and far more about the misuse of power and exploitation of vulnerability. It's time to redraw the ethical map. But how should a contemporary Christian ethic of sexuality be formulated? Marvin Ellison, a pioneer in contemporary Christian rethinking of sexuality and sexual ethics, uses a series of provocative questions to increase readers' skills and confidence for engaging in ethical deliberation about sexuality. Students and all adults will welcome this book for enabling their personal clarity, approach to relationships, and mindful participation in respectful moral debate.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800698843
  • eBook ISBN 9781451424409
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 176
  • Publication Date July 1, 2012


"Christians since early in their history have gotten sex wrong. The result is our present culture where sexual oppression and abuse abound. Fortunately, ethicists like Marvin M. Ellison envision a liberative sexual ethics rooted in the very principles of faith by carefully listening to the voices of those relegated to the margins. His latest book, Making Love Just, is required reading for all who wish to move the present discourse on sexual justice forward."
—Miguel A. De La Torre
Iliff School of Theology

"This excellent book is a must-read for anyone seeking a progressive, principled, and provocative guide to Christian sexual ethics. In moving us from 'just making love' to 'making love just,' Marvin Ellison addresses difficult and complex issues head-on, ranging from polyamory to same-sex domestic abuse.  LGBTQ folks will find this book especially helpful, whether in the classroom, congregation, bedroom, or beyond."
—Patrick S. Cheng
Episcopal Divinity School

"Making Love Just is an eloquent and comprehensive guide to doing liberative sexual ethics for human and planetary good. While Ellison finds the Christian tradition is in many respects a noble tradition to preserve and promote, when it comes to the dynamic processes of sex and sexuality over time, he pursues its spirited critique and transformation. In solidarity with the sexually abused, exploited and vulnerable, he raises astute moral questions and demonstrates the difficult process of discerning what is just and loving in sex, gender and family issues—and to delight in taking a stand with others on controversial matters of sexual justice.
—Marilyn J. Legge
Emmanuel College of Victoria University and Toronto School of Theology.

"Ellison here urges a profoundly loving re-call to compassionate conversation to all who would claim to exemplify 'the unfathomable love of Christ.'  With courageous intellectual boldness and a gentle pastoral heart, Making Love Just readily provides a theologically grounded ethic way beyond perplexity and into the sacred realm of precious and life giving relational possibility. What a timely scholarly gift this book offers to those ever anxious to doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly."
—Dr. Jenny Plane Te Paa
St. Johns College, Auckland, New Zealand.

"Faith leaders across traditions are calling for a new sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts. That yearning for a sex-positive and justice-oriented framework is expressed strongly in the Religious Institute's own Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing. That's why I am so pleased with Marvin Ellison's latest book, which provides such a helpful guide for the theologian, seminarian, and person of faith who is seeking to understand and integrate a truly redemptive Christian ethic of sexuality."
—Debra Haffner
Religious Institute

"Marvin Ellison weaves many wise voices, including his own, into a 'liberating method of ethical discernment.' This book starts new, necessary conversations. The welcome result is justice-love and a safer world. Read and heed!"
—Mary E. Hunt
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)

"In advocating for a sex-positive transformation of Christian approaches to sexual ethics, Ellison offers here a challenging and much needed discussion of many of the thorny issues that plague contemporary conversations about sexuality. By helping readers to reframe the questions, Ellison opens upentrenched debates about what is 'right' and 'wrong' to new avenues of discourse that privilege justice, human dignity, and relationships of equality and mutual respect. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in questions of human sexuality."
—Rebecca Todd Peters
Elon University

"A Revolution of Justice! Remarkably written, Ellison gives us a gift of sex-positive approaches to Christian sexual ethics. Weaving the analytic with sincere attention to tears in our communities crying for hope, Making Love Just exposes the truth in our traditions that silences sex talk and dishonors bodies and sexualities by breaking forth new streams of thought with liberating clarity, method, and purpose. This book meets us at our point of need with a prophetic tongue and transformative embrace. You must read this book! It paves a brave path of healing grace, wholeness, and safer spirituality for us all!"
—Melanie L. Harris
Texas Christian University