Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice

Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice

by Merry Wiesner-Hanks
     
 

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Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World surveys the ways in which Christian ideas and institutions shaped sexual norms and conduct from the time of Luther and Columbus to that of Thomas Jefferson. It is global in scope and geographic in organization,

with chapters on Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and

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Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World surveys the ways in which Christian ideas and institutions shaped sexual norms and conduct from the time of Luther and Columbus to that of Thomas Jefferson. It is global in scope and geographic in organization,

with chapters on Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and North America. The volume explores such topics as marriage and divorce, fornication and illegitimacy, clerical sexuality, witchcraft and love magic, homosexuality, and moral crimes. It

examines learned and popular notions of sexuality in and outside of Christian Europe, the development of institutions to enforce Christian standards, and the role of class, race, family, economy, and local traditions in shaping sexual behavior.

Merry Wiesner-Hanks sets her

findings within the context of many historical fields--the history of sexuality and the body, women's history, legal, religious and gay and lesbian history, and colonial studies--and provides readers with an introduction to key theoretical and methodological issues in each of these

areas.

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"Merry Wiesner-Hanks has offered a fully updated second edition of her groundbreaking book on Christianity and sexuality, and she carefully analyzes areas outside Europe in the colonial world... Hundreds of authors inform this study, which she concludes with several pages of her own conclusions. She stresses, for example, the centrality of sex in the formation and preservation of boundaries, an issue pertinent in the modern world as well. As she points out, norms and lived reality are still in tension today." - Donald J. Dietrich, The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317723257
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/22/2014
Series:
Christianity and Society in the Modern World
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
360
File size:
1 MB

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