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Contemporary Questions in the 21st Century

Faith and Sexuality: Why Theology Must Think Again About Sex

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Mark Jordan, Ph.D., for his lecture, “Faith and Sexuality: Why Theology Must Think Again About Sex,” on Feb. 11, 2016, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

Underneath our polarized controversies, Mark Jordan finds lost questions about human sexuality. He argues that Christian theology can help us to think more adequately about bodily desires or gender complementarity or sexual identity. Theology can help us especially to discover how to teach sexual ethics as something more than a system of rules.

Jordan is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Christian Thought at the Harvard Divinity School, where he is also a professor of women, gender, and sexuality. He previously served on the faculties at the University of Notre Dame, Emory University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Jordan writes about sexual ethics, political and religious rhetoric, and the history of Christian sexes and genders. His books include The Ethics of Sex, Telling Truths in Church: Scandal, Flesh, and Christian Speech, Recruiting Young Love: How Christians Talk about Homosexuality, and Convulsing Bodies: Religion and Resistance in Foucault.

Jordan earned his bachelor’s in liberal arts from St. John’s College. He earned his master’s and doctorate in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sponsored by: Office of Academic Affairs, ALANA Services, Campus Ministry, Catholic Studies, Center for Community Service and Justice, Office of Mission Integration, OUTLoyola, President’s Office, Department of Theology 

Contact Information

For questions about the lecture, please contact the Office of Academic Events at academicevents@loyola.edu or 410-617-2988.