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Book Review – Divine Sex

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Grant_JonathanAbout 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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10 thoughts on “Book Review – Divine Sex

  1. Anonymous

    I have the feeling that this would be very helpful for me but I need a “for dummies” version! I like how he is showing why we think wrong and how to think right though. If you ask me that’s how we got to start.

  2. Excellent review Aaron! This sounds like a very good find and I can see how you would like it with the author going through the history of ideas. That sounds right up your alley! My question is about the social imaginary. Is that like a belief system? Like the expression of a culture’s belief on a subject? Is it just another way to capture the cultural worldview?

    • Thanks Ryan. You are on the right track with the social imaginary. It’s like a worldview in that it is an all-encompassing belief but different in many ways. The social imaginary is not so much a set of beliefs which govern our lives as it is the way in which we collectively imagine social life. In regards to the more narrowly focused sexual imaginary, we are looking at how society as a whole imagines human sexuality. James K.A. Smith suggests that it is not something formally taught and learned but is transmitted to the people via “images, stories, and legends” that are held deep in our consciousness. So this informs our beliefs but not formally. However, it is deeply influential in how we understand ourselves.

  3. Colin McCauley

    This sounds like another puritanical attack on sex. Why are Christians always blaming sex for everything bad? As long as no one gets hurt and it’s consentual who cares what people do. People should stay out of our bedrooms. Who is he to dictate what I can or can’t do in the privacy of my home? This is just another example of puritanical Christians afraid of people enjoying sex. Nobody should force their morality on anyone else.

    • Thanks for sharing Colin. That is an interesting perspective. I would recommend this book for you. I think you would be pleasantly surprised. Grant has no interest in minimizing the importance of sexuality. In fact, I would argue that he maintains a very high view of sexuality. At no point does he make the ludicrous claim that people shouldn’t enjoy sex. I’m curious about the last statement you made. What do you mean by “nobody should force their morality on anyone else”?

      • Colin McCauley

        Maybe I read a little into it but my point still the same about Christians and other religious people. What I mean by my last statement is that nobody should tell anyone else what they should or should not do. We all have our own morality and if we aren’t hurting anyone who cares.

  4. Authenticity. I am starting to hate that word. Everyone thinks their own “true self” entitles them to pleasure themselves at everyone else’s expense. The trail of tears left by abandoned children while their divorced parents run about town trying to find themselves by hooking up with new people is a sad testimony to how this view of sex has destroyed a generation.

    • Joseph, that was very well stated! The collateral damage of unfettered sexuality is devastating.

  5. Colin thanks for the clarification. So by morality you mean something we should or should not do? I think that is a good simplified definition. There’s just one thing I’m not understanding though. If that is how morality is defined, isn’t your statement a moral statement? I mean… you started it off by saying “nobody should”. But if that is the case then it kind of sounds like you are telling people what they should not do… which is what you just said no one should do. Maybe I’m misunderstanding what you mean.

    Well, regardless I’m curious about another statement you just said.You said “if we aren’t hurting anyone who cares”. What do you mean by “hurting”? Like physical abuse and rape? I’m just trying to clarify. Your ideas are very interesting and I want to make sure that I take the time to understand them.

    • Colin McCauley

      I suppose if you look at it like that then yes. I guess I am doing what I said not to do. I do think it is wrong to tell others what they can or cannot do as long as it isn’t hurting anyone but I guess if I really believe that then I can’t say it without contradicting myself so I can think it but not tell anyone which kind of kills the whole point.

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