In the midst of a culture where sex and gender issues are rampant, two common viewpoints exist. Unfortunately, they are both extreme. While there is an effort in the church to minister to the sexually broken, many places of worship have adopted a strict ethic that leads to a fear-based attitude towards those struggling with sexuality and gender identity. This has caused strugglers to feel alienated and wounded from the church. On the other hand, secular culture has adopted the sexual liberation message: “If it feels good, do it.” Sadly, this idea has permeated the hearts and minds of too many Christians. As a result, issues such as homosexuality, gender identity confusion, and sex outside of marriage have become battlegrounds of division among the Body of Christ. With all of this discord, how do we find the true meaning of sex?
In The Meaning of Sex: A New Christian Ethos, Christopher Doyle offers a compassionate and bold philosophy on how to love thy neighbor within the confines set forth by our Savior, who holds us when we struggle, loves us when we fall, and celebrates with us when we experience victory. When we collectively pursue the wholeness Jesus calls us to, the sexual ethics that bind us becomes a higher ethos that unites us. Only then, as we bare our souls to each other and become vulnerable with our own unique wounds, can we meet our struggling brothers and sisters where they are and journey towards emotional wholeness and spiritual maturity.
The Meaning of Sex: A New Christian Ethos is a masterful synthesis of Christian theology and the social sciences that has the potential to radically transform our culture in positive ways.
~ Michelle A. Cretella, M.D.
President, American College of Pediatricians
Christopher Doyle effectively challenges cultural constructs that have led Christians away from the questions that we need to be asking, connecting the dots between a biblical narrative of sexuality and what is revealed in nature and through scientific inquiry.
~ Professor Carolyn Pela, Ph.D., LMFT
Chair, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Arizona
It’s one thing to speak out against the evils of pornography, sexual immorality, adultery, and no-fault divorce, all of which are destructive. But do we also speak out about God’s plan for marriage and sexuality? About having a biblical worldview of sex? About how to raise sexually healthy children? I’m thankful that Christopher Doyle, a man who came out of sexual brokenness into God’s wholeness, has addressed these issues in one clearly-written, biblically based, compassion-driven manual. It will fill a major void.
~ Michael L. Brown, Ph.D.
Host of the “Line of Fire” radio show best-selling author