The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in by Margaret D. Kamitsuka

By Margaret D. Kamitsuka

The subject of sexuality intersects without delay with the main contested historic, theological, and moral questions of our day. during this edgy but profound quantity, famous students and theologians assay the Christian tradition's vintage and modern understandings of intercourse, sexuality, and sexual identification.

The undertaking unfolds in 3 stages: modern exams of the Christian culture, new wondering eros and being human religiously, and new views on vintage mysteries in mild of eros and embodiment.

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Alexander and elders at First Presbyterian are considering initiating a formal ecclesiastical review of Rev. Cameron’s behavior during the incident. 40 The Embrace of Eros With this contemporary retelling as a backdrop, I read the Lukan story as a countertestimony to mainstream Christian anxiety about the body and sexuality. In this vein, I see two crucial issues: the question of the woman’s identity as an urban sinner, and the quality of her amorous encounter with Jesus as the basis of God’s forgiveness and peace in her life.

Rules, rules, and more rules: Sex must fit within these rules and the church must clarify and police them. Yet, as I have attempted to show in this essay, the rule-based approach to Scripture is fraught with problems. First, it reads Scripture in a strikingly nonnarrative manner as a handbook for behavior. Conversely, when the Bible is read as a story of God and God’s beloved, it can shape the reader by the tenor and trajectories of the characters within it: God’s covenant with Israel, Israel’s stumbling in maintaining covenant, the extension of covenant to the world in Jesus Christ, and his rejection by those he loved.

Given this perspective, it is not surprising that the pastoral epistles also suggest that women are more likely to be swayed by false teaching. For example, 2 Timothy refers to “silly women, overwhelmed by their sins and swayed by all kinds of desires, who are always being instructed and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (3:6b-7). 9 In 1 Peter, husbands are to “show consideration for your wives in your life together, paying honor to the woman as the weaker sex, since they too are also heirs of the gracious gift of life” (3:7).

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