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Science and theology in human sexuality

Cook, Christopher C.H.

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Christian debates about human sexuality are often presented as being concerned primarily with differences regarding authority of scripture. It is proposed here that they might more constructively be understood as debates about science and theology. Just as cosmology, evolution and demonology have variously been perceived as presenting conflict between scientific theories and biblical texts, so human sexuality presents similar points of tension. The issue at stake is not really about biblical authority, but rather about how the “book of nature” and the book of scripture are understood to mutually interpret each other. Lessons learned from debates between science and theology in other domains, may usefully facilitate a more constructive debate on sexuality.


Cook, C. C. (2018). Science and theology in human sexuality. Theology & Sexuality, 24(3), 183-199.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 26, 2018
Online Publication Date Apr 11, 2018
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 12, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 11, 2019
Journal Theology and Sexuality
Print ISSN 1355-8358
Electronic ISSN 1745-5170
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 3
Pages 183-199


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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Theology & Sexuality on 11 Apr 2018, available online:

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