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Description - Regulating Sex in the Roman Empire by David Wheeler-Reed

A New Testament scholar challenges the belief that American family values are based on "Judeo-Christian" norms by drawing unexpected comparisons between ancient Christian theories and modern discourses

Challenging the long-held assumption that American values-be they Christian or secular-are based on "Judeo-Christian" norms, this provocative study compares ancient Christian discourses on marriage and sexuality with contemporary ones, maintaining that modern family values owe more to Roman Imperial beliefs than to the bible.

Engaging with Foucault's ideas, Wheeler-Reed examines how conservative organizations and the Supreme Court have misunderstood Christian beliefs on marriage and the family. Taking on modern cultural debates on marriage and sexuality, with implications for historians, political thinkers, and jurists, this book undermines the conservative ideology of the family, starting from the position that early Christianity, in its emphasis on celibacy and denunciation of marriage, was in opposition to procreation, the ideological norm in the Greco-Roman world.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300227727
ISBN-10: 0300227728
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 165mm x 18mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2018
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Wheeler-Reed

David Wheeler-Reed is a postdoctoral visiting research fellow at Yale Divinity School and an instructor in religious studies at Albertus Magnus College. His work focuses on the New Testament, the ancient family, and gender and sexuality in antiquity. He lives in New Haven, CT.

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