The Invention Of Sodomy In Christian Theology

Paperback | October 15, 1998

byMark D. Jordan

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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

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In this reexamination of what it means to have a tradition, Catholic and otherwise, Mark D. Jordan offers a powerful and provocative study of the sin of erotic love between men. The Invention of Sodomy reveals the theological fabrication of arguments for categorizing genital acts between members of the same sex.

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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 s...

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In this reexamination of what it means to have a tradition, Catholic and otherwise, Mark D. Jordan offers a powerful and provocative study of the sin of erotic love between men. The Invention of Sodomy reveals the theological fabrication of arguments for categorizing genital acts between members of the same sex.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 15, 1998Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226410404

ISBN - 13:9780226410401

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Prelude after Nietzsche: The Responsibilities of a History of Sodomy
1: The Passions of St. Pelagius
2: The Discovery of Sodomy
3: Peter Damian: Books in Gomorrah
4: Alan of Lille: Natural Artifices
5: The Care of Sodomites
6: Albert the Great: The Sodomitic Physiology
7: Thomas Aquinas: The Sin against Nature
A Postlude after St. Ambrose: The Responsibilities of a Theology of Sodomy
Works Cited
Index

From Our Editors

In this reexamination of what it means to have a tradition, Catholic and otherwise, Mark D. Jordan offers a powerful and provocative study of the sin of erotic love between men. The Invention of Sodomy reveals the theological fabrication of arguments for categorizing genital acts between members of the same sex.