By Miguel A. De La Torre
A Lily one of the Thorns supplies Christians a brand new mind set approximately sexuality. writer Miguel De l. a. Torre, a well-respected ethicist and professor identified for his leading edge readings of Christian doctrine, rejects either the liberal and conservative prejudices approximately intercourse. releasing the feminine physique -- freeing the physique of colour -- The physique and its pleasures -- A sexual ethics for the physique -- nice intercourse in marriage -- intercourse and the one Christian -- Same-sex relationships -- Predatory intercourse
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And although the ultimate goal of sexual ethics is not simply to have great sex, the creation of more intimate relationships that can lead to great sex is a highly desirable alternative to the consequences of oppressive relationships. But establishing familial relationships is hindered, in part, because of how women have been and continue to be perceived. Reading the scriptures through the lens of patriarchy has been used to justify advocating the male superiority as God ordained it. However, when we realize that these structures are a consequence of sin and not the order of things as ordained by God (as discussed in the Introduction), we can see that the ideal relationship is far from what historically has been perceived as God-sanctioned.
Like their mother Eve, women are seen as the incarnation of temptation—specifically, sexual temptation. Tertullian (c. 160–220) proclaimed: ‘‘You [woman] are the one who opened the door to the devil . . you are the one who persuaded [Adam] whom the devil was not strong enough to attack. All too easily you destroyed the image of God, man. ’’17 Eve’s action relegated all women to be subjugated to their men. St. Ambrose (339–97), the Bishop of Milan, voiced this conclusion: ‘‘[Adam] is found to be superior, whereas [Eve] .
Again, as night fell, the men of the city surrounded the house and demanded that the Levite be sent out to be gang-raped. Like Lot, the old man went out to meet them, offering his virgin daughter and the Levite’s concubine as ransom, insisting that the men of the town do with them whatever they saw fit. This time the townsmen took the concubine, raped her all night long, and left her for dead, lying at the door of the house where the Levite soundly slept. The stories of Lot and the Levite priest illustrate that because women were property, they could be offered up for sexual abuse if this would save and secure the lives of men.
A lily among the thorns : imagining a new Christian sexuality by Miguel A. De La Torre