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Sex, gender, and Christian ethics

This book endorses feminist critiques of gender, yet upholds the insight of traditional Christianity that sex, commitment and parenthood are fulfilling human relations. Their unity is a positive ideal, though not an absolute norm. Women and men should enjoy equal personal respect and social power. In reply to feminist critics of oppressive gender and sex norms and to communitarian proponents of Christian morality, Cahill argues that effective intercultural criticism of injustice requires a modest defence of moral objectivity. She thus adopts a critical realism as its moral foundation, drawing on Aristotle and Aquinas. Moral judgment should be based on reasonable, practical, prudent and cross-culturally nuanced reflection on human experience. This is combined with a New Testament model of community, centred on solidarity, compassion and inclusion of the economically or socially marginalised
Print Book, English, 1996
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996
xvii, 327 pages ; 23 cm.
9780521440110, 9780521578486, 0521440114, 0521578485
Sex, gender and the problem of moral argument
Feminism and foundations
Particular experiences, shared goods
'The body'
in context: an interlude and a proposal
Sex, gender and early Christianity
Sex, marriage and family in Christian tradition
The new birth technologies and public moral argument
Concluding reflections