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Author Gardella, Peter, 1951-

Title Innocent ecstasy : how Christianity gave America an ethic of sexual pleasure / Peter Gardella
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1985


Description 1 online resource (viii, 202 pages, 7 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents Introduction; I: Catholic Sensuality; II: Protestant Reactions; III: Medical Christianity; IV: Medical Prophets; V: Evangelical Ecstasy; VI: The Song of Bernadette; VII: Redemption through Sex; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Though they disagree on virtually everything else, evangelicals and gays, Catholics and agnostics all agree that sex should be innocent and ecstatic. For most of Western history people have not had such expectations. Innocent Ecstasy shows how Christianity led Americans to hope for so much from sex. It is the first book to explain how the sexual revolution could have occurred in a nation so deeply imbued with Christian ethical values. Tracing our strange journey from the hands of Jonathan Edward's angry Puritan God to the loving embrace of Marabel Morgan's Total Woman, Gardella draws his surpr
Analysis United States Sex relations Influence of Christianity, ca 1750-1984
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-194) and index
Notes English
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Subject Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Sin, Original.
Sexual ethics -- United States
Sex -- Religious aspects.
Religion and Sex
RELIGION -- Christianity -- General.
RELIGION -- Christian Life -- Social Issues.
Sex -- Religious aspects
Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Sexual ethics
Sin, Original
Seksuele ethiek.
SUBJECT United States -- Religious life and customs.
Subject United States
Form Electronic book
LC no. 84027253
ISBN 1423738233