Blasphemy in the Christian World: A History

Blasphemy in the Christian World: A History

by David Nash
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199570752

ISBN-13: 9780199570751

Pub. Date: 07/15/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

David Nash's study focuses on the development of blasphemy in the Christian world. Tracing the subject from the Middle Ages to the present, he outlines the history of blasphemy as a concept, from a species of heresy to modern understandings of it as a crime against the sacred and individual religious identity. Investigating its appearance in speech, literature,

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David Nash's study focuses on the development of blasphemy in the Christian world. Tracing the subject from the Middle Ages to the present, he outlines the history of blasphemy as a concept, from a species of heresy to modern understandings of it as a crime against the sacred and individual religious identity. Investigating its appearance in speech, literature, popular publishing, and the cinema, Nash disinters the likely motives and agendas of blasphemers themselves, as well as offering a glimpse of blasphemy's victims. In particular, he seeks to understand why this seemingly medieval offence has reappeared to become a distinctly modern presence in the West.

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ISBN-13:
9780199570751
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/15/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii

Postscript xv

Introduction 1

1 The Past Invades the Present: Blasphemy in the Contemporary World 12

2 Blasphemy in Words and Pictures: Part I, 1500-1800 42

3 Blasphemy in Words and Pictures: Part II, 1800-2000 72

4 Who Were the Blasphemers" 106

5 Controlling the Profane 147

6 Responses to Blasphemy: Victims and Communities 184

7 Last Temptations and Visions of Ecstasy: Blasphemy and Film 208

Conclusion 233

Select Bibliography 249

Index 261

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