Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire, Reforming Practice (2010)
Author(s): Merry E Wiesner
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Genre(s): Academic writing and History
Topic(s): Studies in Religion
Especially suitable for: Academics
Merry Wiesner-Hanks assesses the role of personal faith and the church itself in the control and expression of all aspects of sexuality. The book ranges over developments within Europe and beyond to the European colonies which were establishing themselves around the world.
Christian missionaries, and Christian rituals and structures, accompanied all of the imperial powers, and the control of the sexuality of both indigenous peoples and colonists was an essential part of policy. The book is introduced with an account of the central concepts in the study of sexuality in Christianity, such as shame, sin, the body, marriage and gender.
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