Margaret A. Farley's greatly anticipated and now award-winning book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, is as much a framework for Christian sexual ethics as it is a ready specimen for future historians of early twenty-first-century sexuality. Just Love offers a scrupulously researched and presented resource for current Christian (and human) sexual ethical discourses and discernment. The question Farley poses in various ways throughout her book is: "When is sexual activity appropriate in human relationships?" (272). In consideration of this question, Farley divides her book into seven chapters, with the sixth specifically offering the new framework. This arrangement leaves the first five chapters to develop the ethical equipment with which she later constructs her framework. Chapter 7, then, applies her framework to three specific ethical questions: marriage and family; same-sex relationships; and divorce and remarriage. (From a review by Jonathan Yonan)
This long-awaited book by one of American Christianity's foremost ethicists proposes a framework for sexual ethics whereby justice is the criterion for all loving, including love that is related to sexual activity and relationships. It begins with historical and cross-cultural explorations, then addresses the large questions of embodiment, gender, and sexuality, and finally delineates the justice framework for sexual ethics.
Though Just Love's particular focus is Christian sexual ethics, Farley's framework is broad enough to have relevance for multiple traditions. Also covered are specific issues in sexual ethics, including same-sex relationships, marriage and family, divorce and second marriage, celibacy, and sex and its negativities.