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One Flesh: Salvation through Marriage in the Orthodox Church

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Is the Church too negative about sex?
Beginning with this provocative question, Fr. Lawrence Farley explores the history of the Church’s attitude toward sex and marriage, from the Old Testament through the Church Fathers. He persuasively makes the case both for traditional morality and for a positive acceptance of marriage as a viable path to theosis.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 2013 by Ancient Faith Publishing
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May 05, 2014 Stuart rated it it was amazing
One Flesh is an examination of marriage and sexuality in the Orthodox Church. It is written by Fr. Lawrence Farley, who is also the author of the Orthodox Bible Study Companion series. He begins the book by questioning and examining why popular culture believes the Church has such a negative view of sex. He also points out the popular argument of almost all our Saints being celibate, and wonders why so few married people are venerated and honored as Saints. Yes, there are notable examples like ...more
Jan 10, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Fr. Lawrence Farley's One Flesh is a good, short, highly readable review of the Orthodox Church's attitude toward and teaching about human sexuality. It opens with the question "Is the Church too negative about sex?", and the book is basically an extended answer: No.

I doubt that many modern, secular people will be moved by Fr. Lawrence's words: for most people today, the Church's teaching about the proper use of sexuality -- only within a permanent marriage of one man and one women -- is seen as
Jul 12, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it
I found the title to this book misleading. I was expecting a query into the ontological reality of marriage (as a sacrament) and sexual union of married persons. I also imagined that the book would speak of the martyrdom of marriage and the kenosis that must take place as such. Contrary to what the title suggests, the book is seemingly composed to combat adherents to the thought that the Church, Church Fathers, and scripture denigrate sexual expression even with marital union.

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Aug 09, 2014 Anam rated it liked it
I'm not exactly sure what I expected from this, but what I got wasn't it. It is certainly an interesting study of marriage seen from apostolic eyes as well as early church fathers. The best thing it does is in the final chapter pulling it all together and giving an apologetic for traditional (not same sex) marriage.
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Father Lawrence, born in 1954, completed his M. Div. at Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology in 1979. After 6 years in pastoral ministry with the Anglican Church of Canada, he entered the Orthodox Church and completed a Certificate program at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in Pennsylvania and was ordained to the priesthood in 1986. Since 1987 he has served as the pastor St. Herman of Alaska Church ...more
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