If gender will continue to be a significant aspect of our lives in the eschaton, what will be relationships and roles in the new creation?
Patricia Beattie Jung a visiting professor of christian ethics, Saint Paul school of theology, examines the historical traditions and biblical rationales for this teaching. She defends an alternative claim that there will be a healed and glorified experience of sex in heaven based on a compelling account of the Christian hope for bodily resurrection. The first half of the work focuses on Christian foundations for the notion of sex in heaven, while the second goes on to discuss some of the implications of those convictions for sex on earth.
In her article professor of historical theology Margaret Miles argues that Augustine’s late-fourth-century accounts of bodily resurrection hold open the notion of what we moderns, living in the shadow of Freud, would call sexuality. Miles explains that St. Augustine rejected the notion of postresurrection sex because “sexual intercourse can only take place between mortal bodies” for the divinely ordained sole purpose of reproduction to perpetuate a mortal race, which would be moot in paradise where no one dies. Nevertheless, it is possible to read Augustine as suggesting that “a quality and value we name as ´sexuality´will be a feature of resurrected ´spiritual´bodies.”