God, Sexuality and the Self is a new venture in systematic theology. Sarah Coakley invites the reader to re-conceive the relation of sexual desire and the desire for God and - through the lens of prayer practice - to chart the intrinsic connection of this relation to a theology of the Trinity. The goal is to integrate the demanding ascetical undertaking of prayer with the recovery of lost and neglected materials from the tradition and thus to reanimate doctrinal reflection both imaginatively and spiritually. What emerges is a vision of human longing for the triune God which is both edgy and compelling: Coakley's théologie totale questions standard shibboleths on 'sexuality' and 'gender' and thereby suggests a way beyond current destructive impasses in the churches. The book is clearly and accessibly written and will be of great interest to all scholars and students of theology.Read more
- An exciting new venture in systematic theology from a leading Cambridge scholar
- Opens up current, divisive debates on sex and gender and gives a new perspective
- Presents a theological vision of human transformation-in-God, not limited by secular ideological accounts of gender and feminism
- Honourable Mention, 2013 PROSE Award for Theology and Religious Studies
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- Date Published: August 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521558266
- length: 384 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.62kg
- contains: 39 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Prelude: God, sexuality and the self
The arguments of this book
1. Recasting 'systematic theology': gender, desire and théologie totale
2. Doing theology 'on Wigan Pier': why feminism and the social sciences matter to theology
3. Praying the Trinity: a neglected patristic tradition
4. The charismatic constituency: embarrassment or riches?
5. Seeing God: Trinitarian thought through iconography
6. 'Batter my heart': reorientations of classic Trinitarian thought
7. The primacy of divine desire: God as trinity and the 'apophatic turn'
Coda: conclusions and beyond
Glossary of technical terms and names.
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