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
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
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.
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||Christianity and Society in the Modern World
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||2nd Revised edition
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