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Sexual Virtue
An Approach to Contemporary Christian Ethics
Sexual Virtue
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Richard W. McCarty - Author
Price: $90.00 
Hardcover - 305 pages
Release Date: February 2015
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5429-0

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Release Date: July 2015
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-5428-3

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Uses virtue ethics to offer a sexual ethics inclusive of LGBT and straight people, one that challenges the longstanding procreative patriarchal norm.

Richard W. McCarty offers a compassionate and inclusive conception of sexual virtue, one that liberates Christians from traditional patriarchal requirements for heterosexuality, marriage, and procreation. Daring to depart from ongoing debates about what Aristotle or Aquinas had to say, this book sets a new course centered on virtue ethics. It employs new insights from the sciences, biblical scholarship, analyses of church traditions, and revisionist natural law thinking. Eschewing simple deconstruction of traditional Christian norms for sexual morality, McCarty offers constructive ideas about what might count as real human goods for people in a wide variety of sexual relationships. Recreation, relational intimacy, and selective acts of procreation are three ends of sexual virtue that promote human happiness and can be appreciated in a broad Christian framework. While primarily referencing the Roman Catholic intellectual tradition, McCarty’s work is also vital and accessible to those from Protestant backgrounds. Addressed to LGBT and straight readers, Sexual Virtue provides a compassionate sexual ethics for our time.

“In Sexual Virtue, Richard W. McCarty writes as a revisionist Catholic ethicist to a generally Catholic, but largely ecumenical, audience. Throughout, McCarty moves easily between insider and outsider perspectives on Christian moral norms as he criticizes, redefines, and offers new principles to supplement long-held moral norms … McCarty provides an insightful critical analysis of the use of scripture as a source of moral knowledge.” — Religious Studies Review

Richard W. McCarty is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst University.


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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments

Introduction: To Reclaim Sexual Virtue

Part I. Getting Situated

1. Sexual Positions

2. Sexual Ethics

Part II. A Moral Framework of Virtue

3. Virtue Ethics and Sexual Virtue

4. Christian Virtue Ethics

Part III. Religious Sources of Moral Authority

5. Understanding Scripture

6. Sex and Marriage

7. The Bible and Homosexuality

8. Curious Interpretations of Nature

9. Church Teachings Revisited

Part IV. Ends of Sexual Virtue

10. Recreational Sex

11. Relational Intimacy

12. Selective Acts of Procreation

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index


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