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Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions
     

Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions

by Don S. Browning
 

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Spanning thousands of years, this new collection brings together writings and teachings about sex, marriage, and family from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. The volume includes traditional texts as well as contemporary materials showing how the religions have responded to the changing conditions and mores of modern life.

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Spanning thousands of years, this new collection brings together writings and teachings about sex, marriage, and family from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. The volume includes traditional texts as well as contemporary materials showing how the religions have responded to the changing conditions and mores of modern life. It reveals the similarities and differences among the various religions and the development of ideas and teachings within each tradition. Selections shed light on each religion's views on a range of subjects, including sexuality and sexual pleasure, the meaning and purpose of marriage, the role of betrothal, the status of women, the place of romance, grounds for divorce, celibacy, and sexual deviance.

Separate chapters devoted to each religion include introductions by leading scholars that contextualize the readings. The selections are drawn from a variety of genres including ritual, legal, theological, poetic, and mythic texts. The volume contains such diverse examples as the Zohar on conjugal manners, a contemporary Episcopalian liturgy for same-sex unions, Qur'anic passages on the equality of the sexes, the Ka--masu--tra on husbands, wives, and lovers, Buddhist writings on celibacy, and Confucian teachings on filial piety.

Contributors include: Michael S. Berger, Emory University; Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Richmond School of Law; Alan Cole, Lewis and Clark College; Paul B. Courtright, Emory University; Patricia Buckley Ebrey, University of Washington; Raja M. El-Habti, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory University; Mark D. Jordan, Emory University

Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review - Dana Fritz Cates
An excellent resource for scholars and teachers.

Theology Today - Karen-Marie Yust
A valuable resource for furthering critical debate.

Religious Studies Review
An excellent resource for scholars and teachers.

— Dana Fritz Cates

Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative & Emergent Religions

Impressive... [and] well-edited.

Theology Today
A valuable resource for furthering critical debate.

— Karen-Marie Yust

Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative & Emergent Religions
Impressive... [and] well-edited.

Christian Century
[an] essential book on marriage

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231505192
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
File size:
2 MB

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William J. Doherty
An extraordinary compendium of original texts and balanced analysis of how the world's great religions deal with sex, marriage and family life. For social scientists and therapists whose systematic learning about religion may have ended before graduate school, this is the best single source for understanding how our most influential religions arrived at their contemporary perspectives on our most intimate human bonds.

Meet the Author

Don S. Browning is the Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Religious Ethics and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including Marriage and Modernization: How Globalization Threatens Marriage and What to Do About It.

M. Christian Green is senior fellow and senior lecturer in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University and author of a forthcoming title on fatherhood in the Western tradition.

John Witte Jr. is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor, and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He has published twenty-four books, including The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature.

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