Regulating Sex In The Roman Empire: Ideology, The Bible, And The Early Christians

November 28, 2017|
Regulating Sex In The Roman Empire: Ideology, The Bible, And The Early Christians by David Wheeler-reed
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A New Testament scholar challenges the belief that American family values are based on “Judeo-Christian” norms by drawing unexpected comparisons between ancient Christian theories and modern discourses

Challenging the long-held assumption that American values—be they Christian or secular—are based on “Judeo-Christian” norms, this provocative study compares ancient Christian discourses on marriage and sexuality with contemporary ones, maintaining that modern family values owe more to Roman Imperial beliefs than to the bible.
 
Engaging with Foucault’s ideas, Wheeler-Reed examines how conservative organizations and the Supreme Court have misunderstood Christian beliefs on marriage and the family. Taking on modern cultural debates on marriage and sexuality, with implications for historians, political thinkers, and jurists, this book undermines the conservative ideology of the family, starting from the position that early Christianity, in its emphasis on celibacy and denunciation of marriage, was in opposition to procreation, the ideological norm in the Greco-Roman world.
Title:Regulating Sex In The Roman Empire: Ideology, The Bible, And The Early ChristiansFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:200 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.06 inShipping dimensions:200 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.06 inPublished:November 28, 2017Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300227728

ISBN - 13:9780300227727

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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