christianity social tolerance and homosexuality gay people in western europe from the beginning of the christian era to the fourteenth century

Download Book Christianity Social Tolerance And Homosexuality Gay People In Western Europe From The Beginning Of The Christian Era To The Fourteenth Century in PDF format. You can Read Online Christianity Social Tolerance And Homosexuality Gay People In Western Europe From The Beginning Of The Christian Era To The Fourteenth Century here in PDF, EPUB, Mobi or Docx formats.

Christianity Social Tolerance And Homosexuality

Author : John Boswell
ISBN : 9780226345369
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 27. 52 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 417
Read : 1066

Download Now


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 thirty-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. Now in this thirty-fifth anniversary edition with a new foreword by leading queer and religious studies scholar Mark D. Jordan, Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality is still fiercely relevant. This landmark book helped form the disciplines of gay and gender studies, and it continues to illuminate the origins and operations of intolerance as a social force.

Same Sex Unions In Premodern Europe

Author : John Boswell
ISBN : 9780804150958
Genre : Social Science
File Size : 80. 46 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 729
Read : 1311

Download Now


Both highly praised and intensely controversial, this brilliant book produces dramatic evidence that at one time the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches not only sanctioned unions between partners of the same sex, but sanctified them--in ceremonies strikingly similar to heterosexual marriage ceremonies.

The Boswell Thesis

Author : Mathew Kuefler
ISBN : 0226457400
Genre : History
File Size : 64. 97 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 619
Read : 939

Download Now


Few books have had the social, cultural, and scholarly impact of John Boswell's Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. Arguing that neither the Bible nor the Christian tradition was nearly as hostile to homoeroticism as was generally thought, its initial publication sent shock waves through university classrooms, gay communities, and religious congregations. Twenty-five years later, the aftershocks still reverberate. The Boswell Thesis brings together fifteen leading scholars at the intersection of religious and sexuality studies to comment on this book's immense impact, the endless debates it generated, and the many contributions it has made to our culture. The essays in this magnificent volume examine a variety of aspects of Boswell's interpretation of events in the development of sexuality from Classical Antiquity through the Middle Ages, including a Roman emperor's love letters to another man; suspicions of sodomy among medieval monks, knights, and crusaders; and the gender-bending visions of Christian saints and mystics. Also included are discussions of Boswell's career, including his influence among gay and lesbian Christians and his role in academic debates between essentialists and social constructionists. Elegant and thought-provoking, this collection provides a fitting twenty-fifth anniversary tribute to the incalculable influence of Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality and its author.

Homosexuality And Civilization

Author : Louis Crompton
ISBN : 0674030060
Genre : History
File Size : 49. 9 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 470
Read : 584

Download Now


How have major civilizations of the last two millennia treated people who were attracted to their own sex? In a narrative tour de force, Louis Crompton chronicles the lives and achievements of homosexual men and women alongside a darker history of persecution, as he compares the Christian West with the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, Arab Spain, imperial China, and pre-Meiji Japan. Ancient Greek culture celebrated same-sex love in history, literature, and art, making high claims for its moral influence. By contrast, Jewish religious leaders in the sixth century B.C.E. branded male homosexuality as a capital offense and, later, blamed it for the destruction of the biblical city of Sodom. When these two traditions collided in Christian Rome during the late empire, the tragic repercussions were felt throughout Europe and the New World. Louis Crompton traces Church-inspired mutilation, torture, and burning of "sodomites" in sixth-century Byzantium, medieval France, Renaissance Italy, and in Spain under the Inquisition. But Protestant authorities were equally committed to the execution of homosexuals in the Netherlands, Calvin's Geneva, and Georgian England. The root cause was religious superstition, abetted by political ambition and sheer greed. Yet from this cauldron of fears and desires, homoerotic themes surfaced in the art of the Renaissance masters--Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Sodoma, Cellini, and Caravaggio--often intertwined with Christian motifs. Homosexuality also flourished in the court intrigues of Henry III of France, Queen Christina of Sweden, James I and William III of England, Queen Anne, and Frederick the Great. Anti-homosexual atrocities committed in the West contrast starkly with the more tolerant traditions of pre-modern China and Japan, as revealed in poetry, fiction, and art and in the lives of emperors, shoguns, Buddhist priests, scholars, and actors. In the samurai tradition of Japan, Crompton makes clear, the celebration of same-sex love rivaled that of ancient Greece. Sweeping in scope, elegantly crafted, and lavishly illustrated, "Homosexuality and Civilization" is a stunning exploration of a rich and terrible past.

The Invention Of Sodomy In Christian Theology

Author : Mark D. Jordan
ISBN : 0226410404
Genre : Religion
File Size : 86. 99 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 252
Read : 822

Download Now


In this startling original work of historical detection, Mark D. Jordan explores the invention of Sodomy by medieval Christendom, examining its conceptual foundations in theology and gauging its impact on Christian sexual ethics both then and now. This book is for everyone involved in the ongoing debate within organized religions and society in general over moral judgments of same-sex eroticism. "A crucial contribution to our understanding of the tortured and tortuous relationship between men who love men, and the Christian religion—indeed, between our kind and Western society as a whole. . . . The true power of Jordan's study is that it gives back to gay and lesbian people our place in history and that it places before modern theologians and church leaders a detailed history of fear, inconsistency, hatred and oppression that must be faced both intellectually and pastorally."—Michael B. Kelly, Screaming Hyena "[A] detailed and disturbing tour through the back roads of medieval Christian thought."—Dennis O'Brien, Commonweal "Being gay and being Catholic are not necessarily incompatible modes of life, Jordan argues. . . . Compelling and deeply learned."—Virginia Quarterly Review

The Kindness Of Strangers

Author : John Boswell
ISBN : 0226067122
Genre : History
File Size : 58. 94 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 141
Read : 285

Download Now


In The Kindness of Strangers, John Boswell argues persuasively that child abandonment was a common and morally acceptable practice from antiquity until the Renaissance. Using a wide variety of sources, including drama and mythological-literary texts as well as demographics, Boswell examines the evidence that parents of all classes gave up unwanted children, "exposing" them in public places, donating them to the church, or delivering them in later centuries to foundling hospitals. The Kindness of Strangers presents a startling history of the abandoned child that helps to illustrate the changing meaning of family.

Queer Virtue

Author : Elizabeth M. Edman
ISBN : 9780807059081
Genre : Christianity
File Size : 89. 67 MB
Format : PDF, Mobi
Download : 743
Read : 214

Download Now


"Frustrated by the notion that Christian love = tolerance, Edman argues that Christianity, at its scriptural core, is not a tradition that is hostile to queer people but is, in fact, itself inherently queer. Edman reveals how queering Christianity that is, disrupting simplistic ways of thinking about gender and sexuality--can illuminate contemporary Christian faith and shows why queer Christians are gifts to the Church, "--NoveList.

A Groom Of One S Own

Author : Maya Rodale
ISBN : 9780062000156
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 76. 38 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Docs
Download : 117
Read : 1259

Download Now


A wonderfully fresh and vibrant new voice in historical romance, Maya Rodale is warmly welcomed into the Avon family with A Groom of One’s Own, the first book in her delightful Writing Girls series. A delectable tale of an intrepid lady journalist in Regency England who discovers the handsome the duke of her dreams…when she’s assigned to cover his upcoming wedding! Eloisa James has called this author’s work, “Dazzlingly sexy,” and with A Groom of One’s Own, Maya Rodale takes her rightful place among the most talented and exciting of the new generation of historical romance writers.

Christianity And Sexuality In The Early Modern World

Author : Merry Wiesner-Hanks
ISBN : 9781317723257
Genre : History
File Size : 36. 20 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 427
Read : 1124

Download Now


The book surveys the ways in which Christian ideas and institutions shaped sexual norms and conduct from the time of Luther and Columbus to that of Thomas Jefferson. It is global in scope and geographic in organization, with chapters on Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, and North America. All the key topics are covered, including marriage and divorce, fornication and illegitimacy, clerical sexuality, same-sex relations, witchcraft and love magic, moral crimes, and inter-racial relationships. Each chapter in this second edition has been fully updated to reflect new scholarship, with expanded coverage of many of the key issues, particularly in areas outside of Europe. Other updates include extra analysis of the religious ideas and activities of ordinary people in Europe, and new material on the colonial world. The book sets its findings within the context of many historical fields- the history of sexuality and the body, women's history, legal and religious history, queer theory, and colonial studies- and provides readers with an introduction to key theoretical and methodological issues in each of these areas. Each chapter includes an extensive section on further reading, surveying and commenting on the newest English-language secondary literature.

Dirt Greed And Sex

Author : Louis William Countryman
ISBN : 1451413165
Genre : Religion
File Size : 34. 93 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 411
Read : 582

Download Now



Top Download:

Best Books