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Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality

Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century

John Boswell

Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality

John Boswell

442 pages | 13 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 1980
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226067117 Published November 2005
E-book $7.00 to $30.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226067148 Published February 2009
"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.
1: Introduction
2: Definitions
3: Rome: The Foundation
4: The Scriptures
5: Christians and Social Change
6: Theological Traditions
7: The Early Middle Ages
8: The Urban Revival
9: The Triumph of Ganymede: Gay Literature of the High Middle Ages
10: Social Change: Making Enemies
11: Intellectual Change: Men, Beasts, and "Nature"
12: Conclusions
App. 1: Lexicography and Saint Paul
App. 2: Texts and Translations
Frequently Cited Works
Index of Greek Terms
General Index
Review Quotes
Jean Strouse | Newsweek
"What makes this work so exciting is not simply its content—fascinating though that is—but its revolutionary challenge to some of Western culture's most familiar moral assumptions."

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