I finished the book. Here are my Kindle notes.
A more detailed review may or may not follow. In summary:
is an OK book and worth your time to read.
I still take issue with their assertion that the primary purpose of marriage is to avoid sexual temptation.
Also, they have not made their case for daily sex. The book would be more effective if they simply make the case that sex is the primary component of marriage (which they do), then encourage couples to make sex the #1 priority in their marriage, and be generous with your spouse in both terms of frequency and effort put into pleasing them in the marriage bed.
Even if they did make a good case for daily sex, it would be hard to convince my wife to go for it by reading this book, seeing the primary reason given is to keep me from lusting for other women
Notes and highlights for
Radical Sex: God's Foundation for a Healthy Marriage
Yellow hilights are the usual underlining that one does when reading a book. There may be an occasional note.
Blue hilights are my comments on various passages of the book, usually but not always on points on which I disagree.
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Marital sex has many benefits , but a primary one , from God’s perspective , is avoiding temptation .
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What!? Shiela Wray Gregorie in her book The Great Sex Rescue discusses how damaging is the popular Evangelical Christian assertion that sexual lust is "every man's battle." Although the authors, to their credit, do not accept the "every man's battle" premise, they are nonetheless perpetuating it here, and furthermore are extending it to include women.
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After all , sex every day is beyond anything we even imagine when we get married .
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Pornography provides an easy alternative to messy partner - sex .
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I LIKE messy sex. The messier the better.
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Paul has stated that the only reason to get married is to have frequent and reciprocal sex with your spouse so that you will not burn with passion and fall into sexual sin :
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This is technically true with respect to 1 Cor 7. However, this, as well as Paul's stated preference for singleness, should not be taken as general advice for all time. Verse 26 refers to "present distress." Something extraordinary was going on that temporarily made marriage less desirable. Biblical scholar and historian David Instone-Brewer, in his book Divorce and Remarriage in the Church, claims that there was a famine going on at the time, and points out that in a time of famine when no reliable birth control existed, the possibility of bringing children into the world and being unable to feed them adequately was a real concern. While Paul does not recommend celebacy in general, he does recommend it for single people in 1 Cor 7. So Paul is implying that a significant number unmarried people are able to not give into sexual temptation. This undermines the authors' assertion that the primary reason for marriage is to avoid sexual temptation.
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Husband , your responsibility is to have sex with your wife , and only your wife , whenever she asks you . Wife , your responsibility is to have sex with your husband , and only your husband , whenever he asks you .
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"Due benevolence" could be translated as "generous." If both spouses are to be generous in meeting the other's needs, it follows that generousity also extends to the spouse making the "demand." The difficulties the other person may be facing that day may require that the "demanding" spouse agree to wait a day or two for the good of their spouse and their marriage. Shiela Wray Gregorie in her book The Great Sex Rescue, says something to the effect that without the possibility of saying "no" to sex, one cannot say "yes" either. She cites several Evangelical Christian authors who teach that 1 Cor 7 requires that we never say no to sex. She then makes a good case that "never say no" is not what this chapter is teaching.
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This is why sexual immorality is the only acceptable reason for nullifying a marriage covenant ( Matthew 5 : 32 ) .
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Most protestants agree that Paul also allows divorce and remarriage in cases of abandonment. (1 Cor 7:15). However, the Bible's teachings on divorce and remarriage are not straightforward, and there is much disagreement among scholars. John Piper does not agree that Paul allows divorce and remarriage for abandonment. However, he believes that Jesus does not allow divorce and remarriage for adultery either. On the other hand, David Instone-Brewer in his book Divorce and Remarriage in the Church believes that Paul's allowance for divorce is not Paul adding to the words of Jesus regarding divorce, but based on Exodus 21:10-11, which allowed divorce and remarriage for abandonment, or withholding of clothes, food, or sex. These reasons for divorce were universally accepted at the time of Christ, by both Shammai and Hillel.
So while adultery may not be the only grounds for divorce, the author could make the case that divorce is allowed for sexual refusal. Also, long term and unrepentant sexual refusal is also a form of sexual immorality.
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Yes , marriage is more than sex , but sex is what makes a marriage a marriage.
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Giving control of our body to someone else is not natural . It is supernatural . We can’t do this on our own . We need God .
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pre - marital counseling should be before the engagement not after .
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false gnostic asceticism hinted at in verse one ,
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Wives who encourage such a belief (this false gnostic thinking that the physical is evil and the spiritual is good leaks into the church when husbands think that sexual restraint is a holier path). participate in their husbands sexual downfall .
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Just wives, not husbands?
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God’s solution to overcoming sexual temptation is to get married
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Paul, however, RECCOMMENDS singleness. See note on page 19.
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“ Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth ! For your love is better than wine ; Draw me after you ; let us run . The king has brought me into his chambers ” ( Song of Solomon 1 : 2 , 4 ) .
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Gary Thomas in his sermon in the online Married Sex Seminar (Oct 2, 2021) states that he believes that since Songs starts out with this verse, sex is primarily for the wife.
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Men have a stronger sex drive generally but women have a greater capacity for sexual pleasure with the potential for multiple orgasms . Sex is different for men and women ;
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It is commonly stated that men have the higher drive. Jimmy Evans has stated that men are "more sexual" than women. However, I believe this is in error. This is true only if you look only at the number of sexual encounters desired. If you consider the number and intensity of orgasms the wife has, and the amount of mess she makes, it could be argued that she is the most sexual!
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Certainly , but a woman can also objectify her husband ,
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People marry for companionship, including sex. This is THE reason to marry. People also marry for other reasons, including practical considerations such as financial betterment and children. These ARE legitimate benefits of marriage. A problem arises when these other factors become the primary reason to marry. Women tend to consider their prospective spouse's financial and social status more than men do, and view marriage more in terms of children and a house with a white picket fence than companionship with a spouse.
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marital unity , security , oneness , sexual self - control ,
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There are many benefits to marriage and sex besides an antidote to temptation. Genesis 2 states that the reason that God created sex is that it is not good for mankind to be alone. So far, the authors have made only passing references to reasons other than avoiding temptation.
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4 . Doesn’t this teaching perpetuate the oppressive patriarchy of the past and set the women’s movement back a hundred years ?
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Very good section. This alone justifies the cost of the book. The authors handle the headship/submission vs. egalitarian debate fairly. By the way, this is unlike Shiela Wray Gregorie in her book The Great Sex Rescue. She is on the egalitarian side of the fence, as am I. However, scripture is not a clear on the issue as Gregorie seems to think it is. I fear that she is harming the overall message of her book by taking sides in this peripheral issue.
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Married sex is the epitome of egalitarianism .
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We read many Christian articles , online and off , about the “ one flesh ” reality of marriage . Every one without exception includes the qualifier , “ One flesh is more than sex . ” Essentially , this qualifier sweeps aside sex for “ more important ” elements of a successful marriage .
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love , joy , peace , self - control , long suffering , patience , and goodness in a committed Christian marriage flow from physical intimacy , not the other way around .
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God loves the spiritual and the physical equally .
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Don’t romanticize daily sex , because it’s very hard , perhaps the hardest thing you will ever do for your marriage .
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Hard as in "difficult", or hard as in "challenging?" "Challenging" can be good. People would not do fun things like play games or engage in sporting activities if they were not challenging. Challenging ourselves to grow and try new things in our marriage beds make sex more enjoyable. Are the authors saying that daily sex will be difficult, or challenging? If a couple makes a committment to daily sex, there will be adjustments to priorities to make time for daily sex. These adjustments will be difficult. That is not a bad thing. The real question is once the transition is made, will this self-imposed daily sex be a time that both the husband and wife will look forward to, enjoy, and find uplifting and refreshing? I do not feel that the authors have made the case that it will be.
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a guy's excessive desire
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The phrase "excessive desire" flies in the face of what this book has taught up to this point.
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Do not bring attention to yourself , especially exhibiting any hint of sensuality . If you do , you are causing your brothers in Christ to fall into lust ! This is wrong on so many fronts
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I am glad that the authors do not buy into the "Every Man's Battle" hand-wringing.
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the most important activity of society ; that is , in a peaceful and stable society , is frequent and reciprocal sex between husband and wife in a committed marriage .
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Your desire shall be contrary to your husband ,
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Appears to be English Standard Version. I see no justification for inserting "contrary to.'
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but no one can argue that the context of the next curse is marriage .
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... is NOT marriage. (Typo)
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“ sexless marriage ” is Googled three times more than “ unhappy marriage . ”
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sex is the most selfless , loving act in a marriage .