Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the 14th Century

Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the 14th Century

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by John Boswell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226067114

ISBN-13: 9780226067117

Pub. Date: 11/28/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"Truly groundbreaking work. Boswell reveals unexplored phenomena with an unfailing erudition."—Michel Foucault

John Boswell's National Book Award-winning study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the early Christian West was a groundbreaking work that challenged preconceptions about the Church's past relationship to its gay

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"Truly groundbreaking work. Boswell reveals unexplored phenomena with an unfailing erudition."—Michel Foucault

John Boswell's National Book Award-winning study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the early Christian West was a groundbreaking work that challenged preconceptions about the Church's past relationship to its gay members—among them priests, bishops, and even saints—when it was first published twenty-five years ago. The historical breadth of Boswell's research (from the Greeks to Aquinas) and the variety of sources consulted make this one of the most extensive treatments of any single aspect of Western social history. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, still fiercely relevant today, helped form the disciplines of gay and gender studies, and it continues to illuminate the origins and operations of intolerance as a social force.

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ISBN-13:
9780226067117
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
442
Sales rank:
776,991
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Abbreviations
Preface
1: Introduction
2: Definitions
3: Rome: The Foundation
4: The Scriptures
5: Christians and Social Change
6: Theological Traditions
7: The Early Middle Ages
8: The Urban Revival
9: The Triumph of Ganymede: Gay Literature of the High Middle Ages
10: Social Change: Making Enemies
11: Intellectual Change: Men, Beasts, and "Nature"
12: Conclusions
App. 1: Lexicography and Saint Paul
App. 2: Texts and Translations
Frequently Cited Works
Index of Greek Terms
General Index

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Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the 14th Century 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KeikoHP More than 1 year ago
This book says that an anti-homosexual policy has never necessarily been an integral part of the Christian church. Then it backs up its assertions with data. My only question is whether the data are accurate and complete. If they are, then the various churches can immediately change their position on homosexuality to one of acceptance. My problem with all of this is personal; as a woman who thought for a long time that I might be homosexual, I observed that the gay community didn't want to allow research into letting homosexuals change their orientation. The unfairness of this made me angry, and I developed an attitude to the gay community which carries over to this day. To me, homosexuality is a disease if the person wants, as I do, to have his or her own biological children. Therefore, I don't wish for this book to be accurate. But it seems so to be, and perhaps the Church should take heed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago