Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2009 - Social Science - 442 pages
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"Truly groundbreaking work. Boswell reveals unexplored phenomena with an unfailing erudition."—Michel Foucault

John Boswell's National Book Award-winning study of the history of attitudes toward homosexuality in the early Christian West was a groundbreaking work that challenged preconceptions about the Church's past relationship to its gay members—among them priests, bishops, and even saints—when it was first published twenty-five years ago. The historical breadth of Boswell's research (from the Greeks to Aquinas) and the variety of sources consulted make this one of the most extensive treatments of any single aspect of Western social history. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, still fiercely relevant today, helped form the disciplines of gay and gender studies, and it continues to illuminate the origins and operations of intolerance as a social force.
 

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

Interesting historical analysis claiming that recent religious intolerant attitudes towards homosexuality are only a recent invention and that the prevailing attitude, even among the early Catholic church itself, was one of tacit tolerance, following with Roman attitudes of the time. Read full review

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User Review  - Aerow - LibraryThing

A must read for anyone who wants to know the history behind the relationship between Christianity and homosexuality. If you're someone who's confused about the subject or believes that homosexuality ... Read full review

Contents

The Scriptures
91
Christians and Social Change
119
Theological Traditions
137
TTT Shifting 7 The Early Middle Ages
169
Fortunes 8 The Urban Revival
207
Gay Literature
243
Making Enemies
269
Men Beasts
303
Conclusions
333
Texts and Translations
355
Frequently Cited Works
403
Index of Greek Terms
411
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About the author (2009)

John Boswell (1947-94) was the A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History at Yale University and the author of The Royal Treasure, The Kindness of Strangers, and Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe.

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