Shameless: A Sexual Reformation
Christians are obsessed with sex. But not in a good way. For generations countless people have suffered pain, guilt, and judgment as a result of this toxic fixation on sex, the body, and physical pleasure. In the ...more
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This isn't a book.
This is a kindness.
With a gentle yet authoritative voice, Nadia deconstructs the 'sex is dirty but necessary' theology that has been the cornerstone of control in Christianity lo these many years.
As someone who grew up in 'fundiland' where this type of control was like iron bars around the psyche (and often times the advocates were little hedonists caught up in their inability ...more
I also agree with NBW whole heartedly that the church has some very messed up ways of approaching sex that create a lot of problems. I would consider myself from a more conservative church tradition and have already had numerous ...more
Do I believe that Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s recently-published book Shameless presents the antidote to this poor teaching? No, no I do not.
Underlying Shameless is a premise with which I agree: that is, many people have indeed been hurt or shamed by the church’s teaching on and attitudes toward sex and sexuality. Even well-intentioned individuals have promulgated a sexual ethic ...more
I vaguely recall hearing about her in the last few years, with the U.S. media of course playing up her unconventional flair and appearance as a Lutheran-based minister in Colorado. Her (now former) church's name? The House For All Sinners and Saints - how wonderfully inclusive! From what I've read / watched on the Web I'd say Bolz-Weber's take on Christianity is sort of like the Hard Rock Cafe ...more
The money quote for me came in the introduction:
"We should not be more loyal to an idea, a doctrine, or an interpretation of a Bible verse than we are to people. If the teachings of the church are harming the bodies and spirits of people, we should rethink those teachings." (5)
Right after that, Nadia reminds us that 500 years ago Martin Luther took a close ...more
I researched ...more
If you have felt shame or betrayal at the hands of the Purity Movement, then this book can provide a lens of healing, a way to approach sex that is uncompromising in from both the perspective of faith and your own personal story.
But also, even if you haven’t felt shame or betrayal, even if the Purity Movement was a beneficial approach to sex and sexuality, then this book can provide an alternate story–not one that invalidates your experience, but ...more
The book reads like a diary in some ways. This isn’t a dry and unemotional textbook. It’s full of big and hard feelings. She shares personal stories and stories from her parishioners on everything from abortion to purity culture to LGBTQ+ issues. She describes how wrongful teachings from the church has led to deep ...more
I do not agree with Nadia that birth begins at the first breath, but that doesn't deter the overall message of this text. You can still deeply appreciate a text without agreeing with every syllable. When I met Nadia last year, I thanked her in advance for writing this book. The purity movement nearly ...more