Clerical Celibacy: The Heritage

Clerical Celibacy: The Heritage

by William E. Phipps

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826418524
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/19/2006
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

William Phipps is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy, Davis and Elkins College. His numerous books on sexual themes in biblical and church history include Genesis and Gender, Was Jesus Married? and Influential Theologians on Wo/Man. He lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Table of Contents

Timeline for Tracing Celibacy in Christianityix
1Introduction1
My Approach1
Defining Terms3
2The Pre-Christian Era7
Jewish Culture7
Pagan Cultures13
3A Celibate Jesus?20
Arguments Pro and Con22
His Sexual Orientation48
4The Apostolic Era60
Paul's Letters60
Other New Testament Writings72
5The Patristic Era81
Movement toward Sexual Abstinence81
Monasticism and Jerome96
Augustine's Anti-Sex Theology107
6The Medieval Era121
Roman-Byzantine Schism over Clerical Marriage121
Papal Attempts to Put Asunder Espoused Clerics129
7From Luther to Paul VI152
The Anti-Celibate Protestants152
The Counter-Reformation159
Vatican II and Aftermath172
8The Contemporary Era188
John Paul II's Intransigence188
Diocese Problems190
Abusive Prelates217
9Conclusion237
The Heritage in Summary237
On Imitating Jesus242
Moving toward Recovery250
Selected Bibliography267
Index269

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