Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing House, is publishing my book, The Redemption of Love: Rescuing Marriage and Sexuality from the Economics of a Fallen World, in April 2006. The Redemption of Love uses a socio-economic approach to understand biblical teachings about love, sexuality, marriage and family. I show that what we think of as the “traditional” patriarchal family is not God’s will for male/female relationships, but the result of the material constraints that resulted from the curse on the ground following humankind’s fall from grace. Rather than endorse this kind of family — one that features male dominance and female submission — the Bible offers instead the ideal of man and woman as “one flesh, naked and not ashamed,” coming together in unity, love, mutual support, and equality. The biblical vision of human love is needed desperately today, when changing economic forces threaten to destroy our abilities to be one with each other and to build loving and permanent families.
My book will be carried on Amazon.com (you can even pre-order now) and at http://www.cbeinternational.org.