Marriage is a bit like the sun in that no one owns it. If it had a patent it would be God's patent, one without an expiry date and not available for just anyone to tamper with. I argue that marriage is governed principally by a higher law, a divine one that gives it a transcendent and sacramental quality. It stands solidly on a sexual difference that mirrors God's image for its uniqueness and power. No philosophy or politics of "embracing difference" has greater meaning than the conjugal union of man and woman, the opposite sexes, enacting the teleological coupling of God with the cosmos, of God with Israel, and of God with his church, the bride of Christ. Marriage is the icon of God and his people. Roseanne Kydd is an organist and choir director and an independent scholar with a passion for theology and the church. She has a PhD in musicology from York University that focused on feminism and the language of music criticism. Roseanne serves on several boards and committees within the Anglican Church of Canada. The Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto: "Is the same sex marriage debate over?It shouldn't be. In vigorous but utterly serious prose, Kydd tracks the path along which the opponents of normative heterosexual marriage have moved over the past sixty years. She dissects the politics, rhetoric, and the depressing practical outcomes of their strategic successes. Finally, she carefully and fairly shows how the Church that follows this direction risks tumbling into the costly morass of dreadful social chaos these 'successes' have generated. This is a book that forcefully proclaims, 'Don't be fooled!' Learned, pointed, and frighteningly right: every Christian should read this and find their witness on this matter informed, focused, and strengthened.""
The history of sexual morality in Ireland has been traditionally associated with repression. In the last two decades, however, repression seems to have given way to its exact opposite. But where did this "repression" originate? And how can we account for this sudden and sweeping transformation in sexual mores? Based on solid ethnographic and historical analysis of sexual morality in rural Ireland, augmented by comparative data from Papua New Guinea, and being informed by from Freud's emblematic concept of repression, the author draws new conclusions that not only apply to the specific case of his Irish material but shed new light on the specific nature of an anthropological approach to the study of human societies.
Sirenor Sinner?With her long blond hair and flowy skirts, Rhys Glover's new neighbor is the sexiest woman he's ever seen. He quickly learns she's also free-spirited and impulsivethe total opposite of his own personality. They should be like oil and water. Instead, the chemistry between them is like oxygen and flame.But when Rhys's next assignment for Cobalt & Dane security leads him right back to Wren, Rhys begins to walk a very fine line between ethics and desire. He believes he can trust Wren, but can he trust himself when he's with her? And if she is keeping her own dangerous secrets, will he be able to walk away? "
An elegant interactive book with intricate lacelike die-cut pages
A Charles Dickens short story that was actually the inspiration for "A Christmas Carol." In this story, a gravedigger that hates Christmas gets kidnapped by goblins while digging a grave and then they help him get into the Christmas spirit. The beginning of this version has a biography of the author.
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