"This book is a serious primer for anyone who wants to think about sexual ethics in some depth. The scholarship is impeccable, and the footnotes not only give the broad sources but are often interesting in themselves." - Catholic Herald
"This book offers both the comprehensive presentation of the voices that have shaped the present state of the question and a constructive proposal that argues that these voices require a consistent and comprehensive account of justice as the foundation for sexual ethics ... This is why classics are - and should be - read broadly by those within and outside of a field of study, by experts and the general reader. This is why Farley's Just Love is, at the least, a contemporary classic in Christian sexual ethics." - Timothy F. Sedgwick, Anglican Theological Seminary, May 2007
Mention of title winning Grawemeyer Religion Award in Earth Times, December 2007
"This book is a gigantic contribution to the discourse and understanding of human sexuality. It is monumental. It turns the entrenched dictates of the Vatican on their head...opens the subject of sex to rational discourse by Christian people, and acknowledges the direction from which the source of light comes reason and science informed by just love open to all."
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'In a world of moral confusion and ethical compromise, the principles for which Margaret Farley stands have shone as a lodestar of hope. Or perhaps like a beacon, for her life and work guide us though the haze of uncertainty in which we nowadays perforce live, leading us always toward the good and the real.' - Sherwin Nuland, author of How We Live and How We Die.
mentioned in The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 21, 2006
'This is an excellent work by a leading Roman Catholic feminist and ethicist, written with flair, clarity, and absence of jargon. The many changing circumstances surrounding sexuality are well described. The influence of Foucault and Freud is critically introduced. The Christian traditions of thinking abut sex, and their indebtedness to Graeco-Roman assumptions, are helpfully summarised.'--Adrian Thatcher, Church Times, February 2007 "Church Times "
"In 2008, Margaret Farley received the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for her achievement in Just Love. This prize, which places Just Love in the company of works such as Marilynne Robinson's Gilead and Jurgen Moltmann's The Coming of God, indicates the respect the book commands...Just Love represents both a contribution to the developing literature of relational ethics and a 'creative reconstruction' of the natural law tradition, broadly conceived...Reflecting on the natural realities of human nature and experience, she outlines a universally applicable justice ethic and undertakes to identify common ground upon which all persons of good will can reason together about moral perplexities relating to our interactions as embodied, gendered, sexual beings...This book, then, consolidates and systematizes the central themes and intentions of Margaret Farley's truly remarkable career."
-D.M. Yeager, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Sept. 2009
About the Author
Margaret A. Farley holds the Gilbert L. Stark Chair in Christian Ethics and Professor Emerita at Yale University Divinity School. She was awarded the 2007 St Elizabeth Setan Medal and 2008 Grawemeyer award. She is also a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America.