The attitude of the Church toward sex, the editor states, has never been very helpful in the past. The purpose of this collection of fourteen articles (all of which have been published previously) is to show that Christian theologians, psychologists and sociologists, if not the Church herself, are capable of relevant statements concerning sexual activity. And the contributors -- Eugene Kennedy, Andrew Greeley, Charles Curran, Rollo May, Sidney Callahan, etc. -- do indeed have a few startlingly ""permissive"" thoughts to offer on pre-marital sex, masturbation, homosexuality, pornography, marriage and procreation, and other areas into which the Church traditionally has alternately either rushed in or feared to tread. Startling, that is, when one recalls, as one contributor points out, that ""nothing frightens the Church as much as sex."" A closely knit, worthwhile collection for Christians trying to make sense out of the new thought in the Church.