Blasphemy in the Christian World: A History

Paperback | September 16, 2010

byDavid Nash

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Tracing the subject from the Middle Ages to the present, David Nash outlines the history of blasphemy as a concept - from a species of heresy to modern understandings of it as a crime against the sacred and individual religious identity. Investigating its appearance in speech, literature,popular publishing and the cinema, he disinters the likely motives and agendas of blasphemers themselves, as well as offering a glimpse of blasphemy's victims. In particular, he seeks to understand why this seemingly medieval offence has reappeared to become a distinctly modern presence in theWest.

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Tracing the subject from the Middle Ages to the present, David Nash outlines the history of blasphemy as a concept - from a species of heresy to modern understandings of it as a crime against the sacred and individual religious identity. Investigating its appearance in speech, literature,popular publishing and the cinema, he disinters ...

David Nash is Reader in History at Oxford Brookes University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pagesPublished:September 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199570752

ISBN - 13:9780199570751

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Table of Contents

1. The past invades the present - Blasphemy in the contemporary World2. Blasphemy in Words and Pictures - Part One 1500-18003. Blasphemy in Words and Pictures - Part Two 1800-20004. Who Were the Blasphemers?5. Controlling the Profane6. Responses to Blasphemy: Victims and Communities7. Last Temptations and Visions of Ecstasy: Blasphemy and Film8. Conclusion

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"an important and scholarly analysis of an issue that is not going to go away" --Dr Bradley, Church Times