Sexuality And The World's Religions / Edition 1

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What do the world's most important religious texts have to say about one of humanity's favorite activities? Editors David W. Machacek and Melissa M. Wilcox have brought together top scholars in the field of religious studies to ask and answer these critical questions. Carefully researched, elegantly written, and respectfully presented, Sexuality and the World's Religions explores the intersection of the spiritual and the carnal in Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Daoism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and African and Native American spiritual traditions.

A separate section explores critical religious and sexual topics in American society, including the role of spirituality in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities; the role of sex in the modern witchcraft community; and the ever thorny problem of religion and sexual liberty. Reconciling sexuality and spirituality in every human soul is one of religion's most important tasks. Students and other readers will find this timely and comprehensive volume of interest in exploring these issues.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[V]ery highly recommended for academic and large public libraries."


American Reference Books Annual

"[O]ffers one of the few explorations of sexuality and religion from a comparative perspective . . . The text builds on earlier work . . . providing not only a more extensive treatment of contemporary topics in religion and sexuality but also a more scholarly treatment, complete with extensive bibliographies . . . deals with a seldom touched area of investigation and offers a good introduction to the issue of religion and sexuality. Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576073599
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 454
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Contributors
1 Sexuality and Gender in African Spiritual Traditions 3
2 Gender, Sexuality, and the Balance of Power in Native American Worldviews 31
3 Harmony of Yin and Yang: Cosmology and Sexuality in Daoism 65
4 A Union of Fire and Water: Sexuality and Spirituality in Hinduism 101
5 Buddhist Views on Gender and Desire 133
6 Sex in Jewish Law and Culture 177
7 The Vatican and the Laity: Diverging Paths in Catholic Understanding of Sexuality 203
8 Varieties of Interpretations: Protestantism and Sexuality 231
9 Islamic Conceptions of Sexuality 255
10 Casting Divinity in My Image: Women, Men, and the Embodiment of Sacred Sexuality 295
11 Innovation in Exile: Religion and Spirituality in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities 323
12 Religion and Sexual Liberty: Personal versus Civic Morality in the United States 359
Suggestions for Further Reading 385
Index 409
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