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Just Love A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics by Margaret A. Farley

Just Love A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics


Just Love A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics by Margaret A. Farley

This long-awaited book by one of American Christianity's foremost ethicists proposes a framework for sexual ethics whereby justice is the criterion for all loving, including love that is related to sexual activity and relationships.It begins with historical and cross-cultural explorations, then addresses the large questions of embodiment, gender, and sexuality, and finally delineates the justice framework for sexual ethics. Though Just Love's particular focus is Christian sexual ethics, Farley's framework is broad enough to have relevance for multiple traditions. Also covered are specific issues in sexual ethics, including same-sex relationships, marriage and family, divorce and second marriage, celibacy, and sex and its negativities.


'This is an excellent work by a leading Roman Catholic feminist and ethicist, written with flair, clarity, and absence of jargon. The many changing circumstances surrounding sexuality are well described. The influence of Foucault and Freud is critically introduced. The Christian traditions of thinking abut sex, and their indebtedness to Graeco-Roman assumptions, are helpfully summarised.'
Adrian Thatcher, Church Times, February 2007 The double entendre of the title, Just Love, is only the start of an excellent book. Margaret Farley examines the meaning of human sexuality and how this meaning can be incorporated into what she terms a moral view of human and Christian life. The marvel of the book is that she has managed in just 300 pages to cover so much ground and do it so well. Church of England Newspaper

About the Author

Margaret A. Farley holds the Gilbert L. Stark Chair in Christian Ethics at Yale University Divinity School, USA, where she has taught since 1971. She is also a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America.

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Publication date

27th March 2008


Margaret A. Farley

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


336 pages


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