Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century (2015)
Author(s): John Boswell
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Academic writing and History
Topic(s): Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Homosexuality in the Bible, Sex and sexuality in Ancient Rome, and Studies in Religion
Especially suitable for: Academics
“John Boswell’s book brought to light a great deal of new evidence about varied attitudes towards homosexuality in the Christian church in ancient and mediaeval times, and was very useful to pro-gay activists in the 1980s. However, the reactions of many of his fellow historians were critical, particularly of his tendency to embrace his own interpretations of the evidence to the exclusion of other possibilities. Some of his conclusions need to be taken with a pinch of salt.” – Phil Gardner
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