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Sexuality in the Church: toward a sociology of the Bible

Brewer, John

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Sexuality is an obsession of the Christian Church. It is one of the social behaviours that it has tried most to control amongst its flock and yet the Christian Church has failed to prevent the encroachment of modern attitudes towards sex and sexuality into the Church as an institution. The furore over the proposed appointment of an openly gay bishop in the Church of England is but the latest expression of this tension. However, this paper argues that this debate needs to be placed in a much...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBrewer, John
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:08:24Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T23:08:24Z
dc.identifier.issn1360-7804
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/86674
dc.description.abstractSexuality is an obsession of the Christian Church. It is one of the social behaviours that it has tried most to control amongst its flock and yet the Christian Church has failed to prevent the encroachment of modern attitudes towards sex and sexuality into the Church as an institution. The furore over the proposed appointment of an openly gay bishop in the Church of England is but the latest expression of this tension. However, this paper argues that this debate needs to be placed in a much broader context, namely, the hermeneutical problem of the authority of the Bible, which is itself only one part of a wider sociology of the Bible. The current debate on sexuality in the Church highlights the need for sociology to begin to apply its way of thinking to the Bible.
dc.publisherSage Publications Inc
dc.sourceSociological Research Online: an electronic journal
dc.subjectKeywords: Religion; Sex; Sexuality; The Bible; The Church
dc.titleSexuality in the Church: toward a sociology of the Bible
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume8
dc.date.issued2003
local.identifier.absfor220405 - Religion and Society
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub15617
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBrewer, John, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage9
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:13:30Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-18444381474
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