- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Brazos Press, Div of Baker Publishing Group (1 August 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587433699
- ISBN-13: 978-1587433696
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.9 cm
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Divine Sex: A Compelling Vision for Christian Relationships in a Hypersexualized Age Paperback – 1 Aug 2015
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Faithful Discipleship in a Hypersexualized World
"There are few issues in life that confront each of us like human sexuality. Every person struggles with making sense of relationships,eros, and longings, emotional as well as physical. Every man and woman wrestles with the lies of sensualized culture while holding at bay the effects of pervasive isolation and intense loneliness. InDivine Sex Jonathan Grant guides us through this journey with wit, grace, and honesty while being both wholly theological and profoundly real."
--Chap Clark, Fuller Theological Seminary
"An exceptionally important and timely book. The gap between what passes for sexual and relational wisdom in contemporary culture and what actually makes for genuine human fulfillment has opened up so quickly and grown so wide that the lives of an entire generation are sliding headlong into frustration and despair. Grant addresses the issues directly yet sympathetically, countering contemporary folly with solid data, biblical wisdom, and grace. I wish it could be made mandatory reading for the entire millennial generation."
--Craig M. Gay, Regent College, Vancouver
"Grant compassionately exposes the powerful influences that orient us away from the heart of the Christian story by disordering our desires, explores the Christian reality of our shared life as sexual human beings in communion, and encourages us toward practices that embody the wholeness of cruciform life together--and he does so with candor, wisdom, and hope."
--Cherith Nordling, Northern Seminary
"In the intensely sexualized culture of the secularized West, Grant's thoughtful treatment is a valuable contribution to our understanding not just of our cultural conditioning but of God's design and the true sexual liberation we can experience as followers of Jesus."
--Sam Metcalf, CRM-US, Fullerton, California
"This is a book that needed to be written. . . . Absorbing Grant's insight, analysis, and constructive argument should not only deepen how we are talking about sex and discipleship; it should also give us new intentionality about the church as a formative community, enabling us to live into a different script that is good news--that our sexual lives are hidden with Christ in God."
--James K. A. Smith (from the foreword)
About the Author
Jonathan Grant (ThM, Regent College, Vancouver) is the leader of St. Paul's Symonds Street, one of the largest Anglican congregations in Australasia, located in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand. After beginning his career in law and investment banking, Grant pursued ordination training in the Church of England, serving in pastoral ministry at St. Mary's Bryanston Square, London.
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The book is split into two parts. In the first section, Grant explores and diagnoses modern culture's sexual ethos. Grant has a firm grasp on the moores and social narratives of a postmodern (and post-Christian) culture, and turns to the research and expertise of Charles Taylor, Christian Smith, and James K A Smith, to bolster his already solid estimation. His conclusion is that in contemporary culture the individual is paramount, and his/her needs come before all else. As a result, meaningful and lasting sexual fidelity and chastity are rare.
Part two prescribes a uniquely Christian response to contemporary culture's sexual convictions (or lack of) by proposing that the Church ought to incarnate an alternative narrative; one in which the "other" or the community are paramount, as we seek to emulate and embody the sacrificial love of God in Christ. Grant owes much to Stanley Hauerwas and Stanley J. Grenz in this respect, and with their help his case is made with stunning clarity and conviction.
With the two pieces put together, book essentially functions like a philosophical/theological "State of the Union" address - assessing where we are, and projecting where we ought to be going as Christians. Sexuality is at the center of the conversation, but it's used as a crux around which larger conversations about culture and God can revolve. It all rotates spectacularly and left me with my highlighter running out of ink as I strove to capture Grant's vision for myself.
But while the book is intellectually engaging and provoking, what really makes it a gem is its spiritual depth. Grant clearly has a thriving devotional life and his pastoral heart is on display here, especially towards the end of the book. Certain parts of the book read almost like devotion texts, while never straying from the academic rigor necessary to write on a topic this complex. Such a balancing act is nearly impossible to find in modern Christian literature.
Grant does a phenomenal job of providing a road-map of how traditional Christian sexual convictions allow us to flourish and thrive in the context of our own hypersexualized modern Babylon. I wish every modern Christian had this book as a lens through which to view our ever-changing sexual landscape. I recommend this book regularly, and can't wait to read whatever Mr. Grant writes next!