On this episode we begin to unpack what we mean by the term human sexuality, what desire is from a theological point of view, and how we can practice solidarity with those who identify, live, or think differently than us. Jeff and Emily are joined by theologian David Bennett and psychologist Mark Yarhouse.
David Bennett is a theologian living in Oxford, England. As a celibate Christian, Dr. Bennett is seeking to be a fresh voice on the topics of love, desire, and sexuality in order to show how people can live and flourish through Christ’s teaching. David is the author of A War of Loves: The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovery Jesus
Mark Yarhouse is Professor and Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Endowed Chair in Psychology and the Director of the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute at Wheaton College. Dr. Yarhouse specializes in conflicts tied to religious identity and sexual and gender identity. Mark is the author of many books including Costly Obedience: What We Can Learn from the Celibate Gay Christian Community
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