Human Sexuality and Christian Ethics HTE646 / B

Published: October 23, 2021

Instructor: Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD

This course is designed to take us on an exploration of sexuality’s meaning and purpose in our lives as human beings. We will concern ourselves with what Margaret Farley describes as metaethical issues in Christian sexual ethics: human embodiment, sexual desire, sex’s meaning and purpose, and universal and/or particular moral norms. Another theme in this course will be the role that personality and conflict style play in how we deal with different perspectives on what healthy sexuality is and what that means for particular faith communities and the Christian Church in general. More specifically, our work together involves (a) developing a definition of “healthy sexuality” for Christians seeking to participate in God’s reconciling mission in the world, (b) understanding Christian leadership to involve being prepared to address sexual misconduct and violence in its varied forms by responding in a community-centered way, and (c) using theoethical tools to evaluate the cultural practices and norms that shape the “sexual landscape” we inhabit (i.e., liberation movements, patriarchy, social media, systematic coverups of sexual abuse, toxic masculinity, White supremacy).