Living In Sin?: A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality

Paperback | February 2, 1990

byJohn Shelby Spong

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Is celibacy the only moral alternative to marriage? Should the widowed be allowed to form intimate relationships without remarrying? Should the church receive homosexuals into its community and support committed gay and lesbian relationships? Should congregations publicly and liturgically witness and affirm divorces? Should the church's moral standards continue to be set by patriarchal males? Should women be consecrated bishops? Bishop Spong proposes a pastoral response based on scripture and history to the changing realities of the modern world. He calls for a moral vision to empower the church with inclusive teaching about equal, loving, nonexploitative relationships.

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Is celibacy the only moral alternative to marriage? In answering provocative questions on the nature of sexual relationships, Bishop Spong proposes for the church a positive and pastoral response to the changing patterns of human relationships in the world today.

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Is celibacy the only moral alternative to marriage? Should the widowed be allowed to form intimate relationships without remarrying? Should the church receive homosexuals into its community and support committed gay and lesbian relationships? Should congregations publicly and liturgically witness and affirm divorces? Should the church...

John Shelby Spong served the Episcopal Church as a priest and bishop for forty-five years. As a visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches throughout North America and the English-speaking world, he is one of the leading spokespersons for an open and engaged Christianity. He has initiated landmark controversial discu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.58 inPublished:February 2, 1990Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Is celibacy the only moral alternative to marriage? In answering provocative questions on the nature of sexual relationships, Bishop Spong proposes for the church a positive and pastoral response to the changing patterns of human relationships in the world today.

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“John Shelby Spong…is a brave churchman. He has the guts to tell it like it is.”