A Survey of Sex

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Book Tree, Apr 1, 2003 - Psychology - 164 pages
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Why was sex so important in early religions? Why have there been so many sexual scandals with priests? How and why did the practice of celibacy begin? Is being celibate psychologically helpful to monks, nuns, and others who must practice it? This book examines the role of sex in religion from the earliest known time of pre-Christian cults up into the modern day. It is the only book we know of that approaches the problem of sex and celibacy in religion in such a complete and thorough way. It describes an age-old struggle being waged by religious representatives between their own natural state of human sexuality and its complete suppression in the name of God.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER PAGE INTRODUCTION
9
SEX SYMBOLISM IN PRIMITIVE AND LATER RELIGIONS
13
H SEX SYMBOLISM IN PRIMITIVE AND LATER RELIGIONScontd
23
TTT EROTIC SYMBOLISM IN CHURCHES
28
CLERICAL CELIBACY AND PROSTITUTION
46
CELIBATE FANATICS AND THE HUMAN BODY
59
THE DREADFUL CULT OF THE ANCHORITES
63
MARTYRS OF THE VIRGIN LIFE
71
THE ROMANCE OF WARKWORTH HERMITAGE
88
MORE MARTYRS OF THE VIRGIN LIFE
93
THE DARKEST SIDE OF CLERICAL CELIBACY
99
WOMEN UNDER CELIBACY
103
THE TRAGEDY OF WALLEDUP MONKS AND NUNS
116
CLERICAL CELIBACY AND THE CONFESSIONAL
124
WHY NOT ABOLISH CLERICAL CELIBACY?
138
BIBLIOGRAPHY
143

VIH SOME ENGLISH HERMITAGES AND THEIR STORY
77

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