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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 Paperback – November 1, 2005
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Boswell's book 'Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality' is an early scholastic contribution to the history of how homosexuality has been treated by the Christian church establishment from the beginning of the Christian era to about the fourteenth century. It won the American Book Award for History in 1981. Boswell (now deceased) was a professor at Yale; I have a friend on faculty at the IU Music School who went to high school with him.
Perhaps Boswell's argument can be summed up fairly easily in that, through examples in contemporary literature and records (legal, theological, literary, etc.), homosexuality was not recognised in the same way that it is today, and therefore that it also was not condemned in the way that it is today by much of the church. Friendships and close relationships often developed into sexual ones; these were not considered unusual.Read more ›
There is much in this book that is interesting and informative, and certainly there was no other work like it at the time. We learn about the weaknesses of much of the "natural law" case against homosexuality. Homosexuality is supposedly unnatural because animals do not do it. But anti-homosexuals also argue that homosexuality is wrong because vile animals like hyenas commit it. Of course, there is considerable evidence of homosexual behaviour among animals. And many undesirable traits, such as incest, are endemic among animals. And why should animals be the criterion of what is natural anyway? Anyway, much of the argument on what is perverted sex was based on considerable ignorance of the animal world, such as the false belief that hyenas were hermaphrodites or that oral sex is wrong because weasels conceive through their mouths.Read more ›
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The Holy Bible is a good book. This one is not, as it contradicts the Holy Bible. God gives no room whatsoever for 'tolerating' abominations/sins like homosexuality, rather, God... Read morePublished 13 days ago by penname
A must read for all people and pastors.
The Holy Spirit will guide you.
I appreciate his analysis and his perspective on how out prejudice of gays is wrongly projected upon Greece and Rome culture of its day. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was definitely interesting, but I could not help but wonder how much confirmation bias this book contained within its pages.Published 17 months ago by Jesse Stanford
Oy vey! All goyim should read this book! It shows that Christianity loves gays!
(the part where the Bible says a man to lay with another man is abomination, is a typo!)
Thick with references, I had a difficult time getting through this. Most of the information had been presented at my church over the years and was something I had found out on my... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Howard Hamilton