God Forbid: Religion and Sex in American Public Life

Hardcover | September 15, 2000

EditorKathleen M. Sands

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Since the 1980s, religion has been most visible in American public life when issues of sexuality and reproduction are at stake. Paradoxically, however, the voices that speak most loudly in the name of religion are often unschooled in religious history, world religions, theology, or ethics. Asa result, religion in America is misrepresented as anxiously and obsessively concerned with sex, and as uniformly supporting the conservative agenda of "family values." This volume corrects that distortion in American public discourse. Its thirteen previously unpublished articles introduce scholarly perspectives on issues including the family, gay rights, abortion, welfare policy, prostitution, and assisted reproduction. They richly display the complexities andconflicts that exist not only between but within America's various religious traditions--for example, the pro-choice strain within Christian history, the support of many religious denominations for gay rights, and the criticism of patriarchal family structures within religious communities past andpresent. In these essays, contributors put forth views of sexual ethics that are just and compassionate, respectful of cultural pluralism, and attentive to democratic processes. Thorougly researched, lucidly written, and carefully argues, this anthology will debunk the claims of the Religious Right to be the only "religious" word on sexuality in America.

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Since the 1980s, religion has been most visible in American public life when issues of sexuality and reproduction are at stake. Paradoxically, however, the voices that speak most loudly in the name of religion are often unschooled in religious history, world religions, theology, or ethics. Asa result, religion in America is misrepresen...

Kathleen M. Sands is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195121627

ISBN - 13:9780195121629

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"God Forbid will appeal to readers who are interested in a multidisciplinary liberal religious response to contemporary questions regarding sexuality and American public life."--Religious Studies Review