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A Christian Guide to Liberating Desire, Sex, Partnership, Work, and Reproduction

  • Explores the concept of "good sex" from the perspective of liberation theology

  • Overturns the traditional understanding of Christianity as being sex negative

  • Offers a way toward good sex and a celebration of desire


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Thia Cooper
    Pages 1-21
  3. Thia Cooper
    Pages 23-34
  4. Sex
    Thia Cooper
    Pages 35-56
  5. Thia Cooper
    Pages 57-77
  6. Thia Cooper
    Pages 79-92
  7. Thia Cooper
    Pages 93-110
  8. Thia Cooper
    Pages 111-112
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 113-121

About this book


What is good sex from the perspective of liberation theology? Thia Cooper argues that sex can be a way to know God. God created humans with a desire to be in relation with each other. From this understanding, sexual desire, sex, and partnerships are re-imagined positively. Good sex is enjoyable and mutual, an aspect of communion. Good sexual relationships share power, empower the participants, and the wider community. From the perspective of liberation theologies and an analysis of biblical texts, the Christian tradition, and the reality of our sexual experience, this book reframes theologies of partnership, sex work, and reproduction through the celebration of desire and sex. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ReligionGustavus Adolphus CollegeSaint PeterUSA

About the authors

Thia Cooper is Associate Professor of Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College, USA and editor of The Re-Emergence of Liberation Theologies: Models for the Twenty-first Century (Palgrave, 2013)

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