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A Better Story

God, Sex and Human Flourishing
Narrated by: Glynn Harrison
Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
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The 1960s heralded a sexual revolution, transforming society's vision for sex and relationships. With an appealing narrative of freedom and authenticity, the revolution won the hearts and minds of many. The church's leaders and faltering apologists seemed overwhelmed. And biblical Christians tended to react defensively rather than offering a compelling vision of their own. Many young Christians were questioning whether the Gospel really is good news in this area.

But what if we faced up honestly to our sub-Christian culture of shame? Reimagined what it means to made sexual in the image of God? Remembered that we flourish when we live in harmony with God's design? And left behind the broken promises of the sexual revolution to tell a better story of our own?

Glynn Harrison is a Christian psychiatrist and academic. He visits churches, universities, theological colleges, and conferences, speaking about Christian faith in relation to psychology, neurosciences and mental health. He is also interested in culture change and Christian worldview. Before retiring from professional life, he was Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Bristol, where he was also a practising consultant psychiatrist. His research interests were focused in psychotic illnesses and health service evaluation. He is a past President of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology and acted as an advisor to WHO. Having been an Anglican lay minister, he continues to preach from time to time, and he and Louise are now members of Emmanuel Church, Bristol.

©2017 Glynn Harrison (P)2017 Inter-Varsity Press, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd
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An must read for every Christian!

This book discusses issues that we simply must engage with as Christians. It gives excellent insight into how we got to where we are in our society and exposes helpfully the ways we as Christians often respond wrongly. It does all of this with compassion and grace. It sets forth a wonderful reminder of why the gospel truly is good news for all people in all places for EVERY situation not least in our sexuality. It holds out a vision of human flourishing that I want for myself and my children and shows why communities of Christians living this story is vital for the world. Thank you Glynn Harrison! I hope to hear more from you on this topic - what a vital resource for the church!

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Heartfelt and authoritative

This is the most generous and more courageously orthodox discussion of the sexual revolution and its implications for the church that I’ve found yet. Glynn Harrison manages to be faithful to the Gospel and loving to our messed up society at the same time - what a wonderful feat!

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  • Ellen Gilmartin
  • 27-02-20

British author- I think it’s very different in UK?

I would love to have a long conversation with this author. while he made some excellent points, some of what he said was outright bizarre as far as my own observations go. To listen to this author, one would think that there were no gay people in the world until the “sexual revolution “ caused everyone to abandon common good for the idolatry of self. And that’s just the start. He also points out the Biblical references to Christ and the church as husband and wife. Why can’t this apply to homosexual couples? Does the church have female genitalia? The longing of sexual desire supposedly points to longing for full union with God in heaven. This is what makes us fully human. Ok, I guess. But if he is right (and I don’t think he is) that homosexual desire is always sinful, are these people somehow less human? I could go on and on with questions and concerns about the author’s points. Sure, heterosexual marriage is great for kids and communities. But from what I observe, each generation is more likely to have been raised in a broken or dysfunctional home. A lot of parents are just not marriage material:; abusive, unemployed, addicted, or immature - just to start. Deal with that before you can even dream that getting these people married will help children and communities. Worth listening to for the good points but seriously flawed.

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  • Carla Perez
  • 03-11-18

I will tell a better story

As a pastor I am convinced after reading Harrison's book of his sound arguments regarding the failed state of the Church today to adequately proclaim a valid and opposing argument in the face of the roar of the Sexual Revolution begun in 1960s. He lays out the methods and means by which the Sexual Revolution begun and continues to this day. Harrison rightly points to a Church with no better story to tell than its failed attempts 50 years ago in the face of the free sex advocates, empty protagonists of the impotent, dangerous and destructive sexual movements. Advocates that have left our nations cast aside from the promise of God's blessings. Harrison does not stop there amidst the disgust or our failures. He points in great detail to the picture or story already laid out for the Church in the Scripture that we are to tell. I am convinced that I will tell a better story.