The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are

The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are

Sexual identity has become an idol in both the culture at large and in the Christian subculture. And yet concepts like "gay" or "straight" are relatively recent developments in human history. We let ourselves be defined by socially constructed notions of sexual identity and sexual orientation--even though these may not be the only or best ways to think about sexuality. Anthropologist Jenell Williams Paris offers a Christian framework for sexual holiness that accounts for complex postmodern realities. She assesses problems with popular cultural and Christian understandings of heterosexuality and homosexuality alike. The End of Sexual Identity moves beyond culture-war impasses to open up new space for conversations in diverse communities both inside and outside the church.

Title:The End of Sexual Identity: Why Sex Is Too Important to Define Who We Are
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0830838368
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  • Adam Ross

    The issue of homosexuality is possibly the most important cultural issue confronting the Church today. I picked this book up after several recommendtations from trusted friends and mentors. It was fan...

  • Chris

    Jenell Williams Paris makes some interesting points about sexuality, gender, and identity, by looking at the history of thought around these issues and holding modern American cultural assumptions up ...

  • John

    I love Janell's thoughts and view. I have been challenged by her to reexamine the importance I have place on sexuality a core defining identity. I am at the core of my identity beloved. While I agree ...

  • Jonny

    I loved Paris’ text. From my limited search, it is the most authentic and intelligent book on an incredibly divisive subject. She unpacks the heterosexual/homosexual dichotomy well and offers us a n...

  • Rod White

    I was researching before writing an aritcle and found the book that encompassed my article! In the ongoing, divisive debate on homosexuality, I have been disturbed by the faulty emphasis on "identity"...

  • Joel Wentz

    Highly recommend for anyone in the American church. Paris writes from a steeply cultural perspective, not a theological one, which is part of what makes this so valuable in a conversation that's domin...

  • Sadie

    It's social constructionism... for Christians. Don't get me wrong; this is certainly a unique approach, but it's not very thorough, definitely disorganized, and not written at a very high level. ...

  • David

    This book functions like so many well-meaning churches that wish to be gay-friendly and LGBTQ welcoming but ignore the power differential of a dominant social group telling a minority group how to thi...

  • Chandra Ryder

    I didn't notice that this book was published by InterVarsity Press until I finished it. In light of that, I think this book was bold and good for conservative audiences who are just starting out in th...

  • Liz

    The End of Sexual Identity is worth reading just for the chapter on celibacy. As a celibate single Christian, I felt like the author spoke to all the elements within the church I personally have felt ...