Toward Adult Cross-Sex Friendships

Volume
Volume 24
Issue
Winter 1996
Title
Toward Adult Cross-Sex Friendships
Abstract

Current public debate about sexual correctness has exacerbated traditional anxieties about adult cross-sex friendship. In seeking a Christian understanding of such relationships, the nature of friendship is explored by distinguishing it from other personal relationships and by overviewing a model of friendship. Then, after describing the normative barriers to cross-sex friendship, O'€™Meara'€™s four specific challenges are discussed in light of Scripture: (a) determining the type of emotional bond represented by the relationship, (b) contending with the issue of sexuality, (c) dealing with the barrier of inequality, and (d) presenting the relationship as authentic to relevant audiences. Finally, Christian recommendations for the practice of cross-sex friendship are presented.

Author
Dr. D.W. Hiebert
Pages
271 - 283
Price
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