Methodology Of Farley Essay


1.Considering the week's readings, and your personal understanding of associated issues, do you think we will see an increase of societies that keep religious structures outside of national governance structures or a decrease?
2.What did you come across in the readings this week that challenges the way you have thought about sex?
3.What do you think of Farley's methodology in the reading from 'Just Love'? Do you find her case convincing?


1.Upon reading the week’s readings, it is understood that there may not be an increase of societies that keeps the religious structures and national governance structures together. A major social structural alteration that can be viewed is that of state reform and democratisation. People no more are under the view that Jesus is everything and nor are they prejudiced towards their religion i.e. Christianity. They believe in participation and choosing their own government who would frame laws and rule them. The societies that are being developed are those who try to form an environment which has a political system which works for the numerous societies and allows them to also participate in the decision making.

Constitutional alterations as well as restructuring of a community’s socio-economic system can help to create an environment aloof of any tiffs. According to many people, these movements which are developed across various social issues such as women rights, religious issues etc have a major role to play in forming a non-violent social structural change and a governance structure in general which welcomes all types of social groups- minority as well as majority (Maiese 2003).

2.Sex according to me was a physical relationship which people of opposite sex have out of mutual understanding after marriage. However post the readings, my thought about sex seems to be defied. In the twenty first century, sex no more conforms to marriage. Live-ins are a normal phenomena nowadays before two people consider of marriage and check-out the compatibility with each other in all spheres inclusive of sex and if not they split. Sex does not only mean genital. A person who is not married, for such a person sexuality is defined as a desire to meet the emotional gap. Sexuality is not always expressed by physical genital contact, but can be by maintaining a close relationship which is often named as friendship with opposite sex. It was understood before that sexual desires should never be shown, but as per Donald Goergen, all feelings are required to be felt and sexual feeling is nothing different (Foster 2015). The fact that sexual arousments are impossible to control is a myth which got defied post the readings. Thus sex does not only mean genital contact after marriage.

3.Margaret A. Farley’s award winning book “Just Love” basically focuses upon formulating a methodology which helps to answer a simple question i.e. when is sexual actions considered to be acceptable in human relationships. She has divided her book into seven parts wherein the last two are the most prominent ones. The initial five chapters only helps to set the background with regards what is considered ethical and what not. According to her, ethical norms are something that is created by the society and under pressure. Further to this, she talks about only one word i.e. love by the time she reaches the fourth chapter wherein she states that love does not necessarily have to bloom between people of opposite sex(Yonan, 2011). This is a myth created by the social structure and not by any rules of God. According to me what she stated was quite convincing as according to her love does not have to bloom between people of opposite sex only to be termed as pure and acceptable. Society is created by a group of people and not God and love has no boundaries as per God.


Foster,R.J., (2015), Single and Sexuality, Available at file:///C:/Users/E-ZONE/Downloads/1756685_1516316577_Foster20Sexuality20and20single.pdf (Accessed 05th October 2017)

Maiese,M., (2003), Social Structural Change, Available at (Accessed 05th October 2017)

Yonan,J., (2011), Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics (review), Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol.20, no.2, pp. 402-405

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