Religion, Sexuality, and Public Policy

This project of the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health Faith and Ethics comprehensive and comparative picture of religious viewpoints on sexuality and gender ethics across a range of topics and traditions. The topics included reproductive health, marriage and family, adolescent sexuality, homosexuality, and the role of women. The religious traditions included Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Conservative, Moderate, and Liberal Protestantism, and Hinduism. Project methodologies included qualitative structured interviews with local and national religious leaders and a survey of official positions and educational materials, as well as analysis by leading scholars in religion and the social sciences. The project was funded by the the MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation.


Steven Ellingson and M. Christian Green, eds., Religion, Sexuality, and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (New York: Routledge, 2002)

Paul Numrich and M. Christian Green, eds., Religious Perspectives on Sexuality: A Resource Guide (Chicago: Park Ridge Center, 2001)

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Faith and Sexuality, special issue of the Park Ridge Center Bulletin (May/June 1998)