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Introducing a variety of perspectives on sex taken by many of the world major religions, SEX AND RELIGION focuses on both the historical development of these perspectives as well as their most current manifestations. Each chapter is written by a distinguished scholar in the particular religion(s) and offers an overview of the doctrines of each religion and how they inform their adherents' views on sexuality and gender.
Christel Manning is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, where she teaches courses in world religions, new religions, and religion, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of GOD GAVE US THE RIGHT: CONSERVATIVE CATHOLIC, EVANGELICAL PROTESTANT, AND ORTHODOX JEWISH WOMEN GRAPPLE WITH FEMINISM, as well as several articles on women and religion and new religious movements. Born in California and raised in Germany, she now lives with her husband and daughter in New Haven.
Phil Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and religious studies at Pitzer College, where he teaches courses in social theory, deviance, sociology of religion, and sex and religion. He is the author of INVITATION TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION and STRIFE IN THE SANCTUARY: RELIGIOUS SCHISM IN A JEWISH COMMUNITY, and the editor of DU BOIS ON RELIGION. Born and raised in Southern California, Phil lives with his wife, Stacy, and their two daughters.
1. Introduction, Zuckerman and Manning. 2. Hinduism, Rita Sherma (Calif. State University). 3. Buddhism, Alan Sponberg (University of Montana). 4. Chinese Religions, Douglas Wile (Brooklyn College). 5. Judaism, Barbara Geller (Wellesley College). 6. Christianity, Anthony LoPresti (Sacred Heart School of Theology). 7. Mormons, Klaus Hansen (Queens University). 8. Children of God, Miriam Williams-Boeri (Georgia State University). 9. Islam, Larry Poston (Nyack College). 10. Conclusion, Manning and Zuckerman.