Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay by John Boswell

By John Boswell

"Truly groundbreaking paintings. Boswell finds unexplored phenomena with an unfailing erudition."—Michel Foucault

John Boswell's nationwide publication Award-winning learn of the background of attitudes towards homosexuality within the early Christian West was once a groundbreaking paintings that challenged preconceptions concerning the Church's previous dating to its homosexual members—among them clergymen, bishops, or even saints—when it was once first released twenty-five years in the past. The old breadth of Boswell's study (from the Greeks to Aquinas) and the diversity of resources consulted make this essentially the most wide remedies of any unmarried point of Western social heritage. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality, nonetheless fiercely proper this day, helped shape the disciplines of homosexual and gender reports, and it maintains to light up the origins and operations of intolerance as a social force.
"What makes this paintings so interesting isn't easily its content—fascinating although that is—but its innovative problem to a couple of Western culture's so much time-honored ethical assumptions."—Jean Strouse, Newsweek

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Biblical strictures have been employed with great selectivity by all Christian states, and in a historical context what determines the selection is clearly the crucial issue. Another advantage in employing gay people as the focus of this study is the continued vitality of ideas about the" danger" they pose to society. Almost all prejudice purports to be a rational response to some threat or danger: every despised group is claimed to threaten those who despise it; but it is usually easy to show that even if some danger exists, it is not the origin of the prejudice.

Ghazelsfrom the Divan of Hafiz, trans. ]. H. McCarthy [New York, 1893]) were even worse. , Arthur Guy, Les poemes erotiques ou ghazels de Chems Ed Din Mohammed Hafiz [Paris, 1927], with helpful analysis of the ambiguous relationship between the" beloved" and the" Divine" in the poems [esp. pp. xxii-xxiv]; cf. Vincent Monteuil, "Neuf qazal de Hafiz," Revue des etudes islamiques [1954], pp. 21-57, with facing transliteration of the Persian). There is of course no substitute for the original. 31.

P. " There is no indication in the text itself of the authorship of the newly translated passages. For an example of Greek, see below, or editions of Diogenes Laertius; for Latin examples see LC Martial, Juvenal, Suetonius, Catullus, et al. 36. As in the LC Epistle of Barnabas (in The Apostolic Fathers) at 10:6-8 (I :377; cf. original on p. 376). The Latin is often inaccurate: see p. 141, below. In Fathers of the Second Century, the Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol. 2, ed. C. , pp. 259, 260-62). A complete translation is available in the Fathers of the Church series.

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