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September 10, 2005

Book Review: Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

The following is a review done on behalf of Mind & Media. The copy of the book I reviewed was donated by the publisher, through Mind & Media for the purpose of this review.

I like food, too much, I might add, and liking food I am also a good cook, and have studied different types of food from various cultures as well as the ways people around the world and through history have varied their preparation for different goals. Sometimes a certain food is done a certain way to optimize flavor. Sometimes it's to optimize economy. Sometimes it's to optimize the nutritional value. The main two goals are almost always flavor and nutrition, and unfortunately they—more often than not—conflict.

Writing can be that way as well.  What's needful to read is generally what's harder to read. Such is the case with Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor. Lots of great information, but not an easy read.

While the first two chapters are written by John Piper and Justin Taylor offers a chapter toward the end (about Martin Luther's reform of marriage) the rest are from a variety of Christian writers well qualified to teach on the subject, from author Carolyn Mahaney to the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr..

Obviously the styles vary, but the content is rich and useful in every chapter. While I'm not sure I would advise this book as something for the average person wanting to read a little about a Christian approach to sex, it would be an indispensable tool for those wanting to seriously study the subject.

Of particular interest was the very last chapter, “Christian Hedonists or Religious Prudes? The Puritans on Sex” by Mark Dever (the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.) It's always been a sore point with me the misconception perpetuated by fiction as well as popular media about the Puritans. Dr. Dever establishes clearly their approach to a subject most would assume they looked upon with disapproval.

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 10, 2005 06:07 PM

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