New Directions in Sexual Ethics

Moral Theology and the Challenge of AIDS

Kevin T. Kelly, Geoffrey Chapman, 1998.


  Introduction viii
1. Hearing the Challenge of the AIDS Pandemic: a Moral Theologian Tells His Story 1
Women and HIV/AIDS 4
  The 'Pro-Women' Challenge to the Church and to Christian Sexual Ethics 8
  Widening the Agenda: the Need for a Renewed Sexual 11
  Ethics Listening to Experience 13
2. New Directions? Why Do We Need 'New Directions' in Sexual Ethics? 22
  A Process in which Change Is Transforming rather than Deforming 24
  Understanding Ourselves as Historical, Social and Cultural Persons 27
  Social Construction and Natural Law 29
  The Challenge of Gender Analysis 34
Christian Sexual Ethics and Injustice against Women - a Case of Collusion?
-The Roots of Injustice against Women Lie Deep in History
  A Sign of Hope: the 'Pro-Women' Teaching of Pope John Paul II 46
  The Pope and Gender: How Complimentary to Women Is Ontological Complementarity? 50
  The Experience of Women 54
  Collusion with Injustice against Women? 58
Sexual Ethics — Denying the Good News to Gay Men and Lesbian Women?
-The Link between Patriarchy and Homophobia
  The Dissimilarity of Lesbian and Gay Experience 65
  A Disturbing Question: Does the Christian Stance on Homosexuality Help to Spread HIV/AIDS? 66
  Learning from Experience 68
  Finding the Appropriate Theological Language for the Experience of Gays and Lesbians 72
  -1. The language of 'natural' and 'unnatural' 72
  -2. The language of God's word in the Bible 74
  Towards a Gay and Lesbian Theology and Spirituality: Woundedness and Healing 79
  A 'Time of AIDS' - a Time for Positive Living and Positive Thinking 88
  The Gospel as 'Good News' for Gays and Lesbians 91
What the Churches Are Saying
-Church Statements: Listening to an Ongoing Conversation
  The Conversation Begins: Birth Control - Disagreeing about the Relevance of the Human Context for Moral Evaluation 99
  Widening the Agenda of the Conversation: Giving More Importance to Relationship - a Quaker View of Sex 109
  Marriage Breakdown: a Church of England Contribution 113
  A Roman Catholic Contribution - Vatican II 115
  The Joy of Married Sexual Love: a Methodist Contribution 116
  Two Contributions about Homosexual Relationships 118
  -1. The Church of England 119
  -2. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 121
  The Church of England and Cohabitation: Introducing 'Diversity of Lifestyle' as a New Topic in the Conversation 123
  Two Contributions Drawing Together the Many Threads of the Conversation 127
  .-1. The Church of Scotland 127
  -2. The Presbyterian Church (USA) 130
  Conclusion 134
6. Towards a Sexual Ethics in a Time of AIDS 137
  Some Foundational Beliefs for a Christian Sexual Ethics for Today  
  1. The Full and Equal Dignity of Women 139
  2. Human Freedom 141
  3. Friendship, Intimacy and Love 146
  4. The Goodness of the Human Body, Sexuality and Sensual Joy 153
  5. The Giftedness of Human Life 162
  6. The Uniqueness of the Human Person and Respect for Personal Conscience 168
  --1. To your own self be true 169
  --2. Respect for conscience 171
  --3. The uniqueness of each person's story of moral growth 174
Sexuality and Sin
Sex Is Not Sinful: It Is a Gift of God
  Patriarchy as Sexual Sin - and the Sexual Sin of Collusion in Patriarchy 178
  'Doing the Best One Can' in Sexual Ethics 181
  Sexual Sin and Sexual Sins 183
  Is It Right to Engage in Casual and Uncommitted Sex? 184
Living Positively in a Time of AIDS
Living Positively with AIDS: a Lesson from Uganda
  Is the Church Living Positively with AIDS? Yes, but. . . 192
  -1. Compulsory HIV testing of candidates for the priesthood or the religious life? 194
  -2. Condom use and HIV prevention 196
  Epilogue: A Time of AIDS — a Time of Grace?
A Time of AIDS'
  A Time of Grace: AIDS - a Window of Opportunity for Our Global Society? 210
  Bibliography 214

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