Christian Sexuality by dfhdhdhdhjr

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									Christian Sexuality
Exploring Pastoral Dimensions of
Intimacy and Human Relationships
What is Theology?
 Fides Quaerens
 Intellectum.
  – Anselm



 Faith Seeking
 Understanding.
Faith
 Not first of all creedal
  statements.
 Biblical roots of
  faith—personal
  relationship.
 Radical trust in God
 A verb, before it is a
  noun.
Stages of Faith
 First Naivete


 Hermeneutics of
  Suspicion

 Hermeneutics of
  Trust (2nd Naivete)
  – Paul Ricoeur
Seeking
 Every quest begins
  with questions…
 Seeking is inherent to
  faith.
 Growth in faith—
  ongoing conversion
Understanding
 “to stand under”


 The quest for a vision.


 Not final answers, but
  deepening, evolving
  embrace of mystery.
Sources of Theology
 Scripture
 Tradition
 Science
 Conscience
Scripture as Resource
Contextualist
 vs. Literalist
 approach.
The Limits of Scripture
 Does not provide “sexual code of ethics” for
  all time.
 No single word in Hebrew or Greek for
  sexuality as we understand it today.
 Influence of cultic purity laws distinct to
  culture and historical times.
 Many contemporary issues simply not
  addressed, e.g. psychosexual development
  and sexual orientation as we understand it.
Pastoral Use of Scripture
 Balancing tradition &
  compassion.
 Challenge of
  inclusivity.
 Danger of “proof
  texts” and using bible
  as “weapon.”
Whoever tells the stories, rules
the people…

Navajo
proverb
The Vital Role of Hermeneutics
 Horizon of
  meaning.
 Point of view
 Experiential
  assumptions.
   Cosmic Questions
 How did we get here?
  What is our purpose?
 What is the origin of
  the cosmos?
 Why is there so much
  violence and pain?
 What is the origin and
  purpose of sexuality?
Cosmic Stories
 Every culture has
  creation myths.
 They have common
  characteristics.
 Understanding
  Judeo-Christian
  story in this
  context.
Sexuality in the Hebrew
Scriptures
 Exploring our primal
  vision and roots.

 Who tells the stories?


 How have we come to
  understand these
  stories?
Central Vision of Genesis
             Life-Givers –
              Generativity and
              Fecundity
              – Genesis 1—Priestly

             Lovers—Intimacy
              and Mutuality
              – Genesis 2—Yahwist
In the beginning is Relationship
                 Generativity and
                  Communion in
                  the Hebrew
                  Creation Stories.
Song of Creation—
Generativity in Genesis 1
                Let there be
                 energy!
                Let the waters
                 teem!
                Let the earth
                 produce vegetation!
                Be fruitful and
                 multiply!
Journey Toward Relationship
 Geosphere
 Hydrosphere
 Atmosphere
 Biosphere
 Noosphere
2nd Creation Story
Yahweh God fashioned HA ADAM
 of dust from HA ADAMA.
Then He breathed into ITS nostrils
           a breath of life.
And thus HA ADAM became a living
           NEPHESH.
  – Genesis 2:7
HA ADAM
“Our theological ancestor”

                Dusty earth +
                 Divine Breath.
                Sexually
                 Undifferentiated.
                In Process.
It is not good for HA ADAM to
be alone…(2:18)
               “Alone”
                 – Not just solitude.
                 – Not just loneliness.
               “Destructive Isolation”
               God’s creative
                intention for
                humanity:
                RELATIONSHIP
I will make a PARTNER…
            “Every animal and
             bird”
            Ha Adam names all
             creatures.
            THERE WAS NOT
             FOUND A HELPER
             AS A PARTNER
Ezer Kenegdo
Helper to be a Partner
             Not a
              subordinate.
             Implies equality
              and mutuality.
             “Like unto
              itself.”
Tardema Experience
           Initiated and
           shaped by God.

           Mysterious and
           wondrous
           transformation.
         HA ADAM



IS                 ISSA
(Male)             (Female)
…Both NAKED, and were not
ASHAMED.
              What does it
               mean to be
               “naked?”
              Primal
               vulnerability.
NAKEDNESS
        Emotional
        Spiritual
        Psychological
        Physical
Purpose of Sexuality
           From Isolation




                To Relationship
Purpose of Sexuality
            The Culminating
             High Point of the
             Creative Process.
            Liberating
             experience of
             Partnership.
            Goodness of Body
             & Relationships
God’s Creative Intention
 Sexuality is for Relationship
“It is not good for ha adam to be
  alone…”

 Sexuality is Liberating
“..both were naked and were not
  ashamed.”
What is the Meaning of
  “The Fall”?
In search of a deeper understanding
Shame: BOSH
          Rendered
           Insignificant.
          Diminished.
          To Become Pale.
The Fall: Symbol of
 The failure of
  sexuality to lead to
  authentic
  relationship.
 The failure of
  sexuality to be
  liberating.
 Failure of male-
  female partnership
Symbols of the Fall
             Hiding
             Blaming
             Covering up
              Nakedness
             Flight from
              vulnerability and
              intimacy.
Fall & Redemption
            Genesis—the
             tragedy of
             partnership.
            Song of Songs—
             Healed sexuality
             and restored
             partnership.
            Ruth—daily
             struggle of
             mutuality.
Partnership
           God Created It.


           Men and women
              lost it.

           God will redeem
              it.
Song of Songs
 “Midrash”   on Genesis 2.
 Return to the Garden (‘eden’ or
  ‘pleasure.’)
 No Gender Stereotypes.
 Beyond Patriarchy.
Jesus and Sexuality
              Primacy of Love.


              Equality and
              mutuality between
              women and men.

              Covenantal
              faithfulness.

								
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