A Survey of Sex
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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CHAPTER PAGE INTRODUCTION
SEX SYMBOLISM IN PRIMITIVE AND LATER RELIGIONS
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TTT EROTIC SYMBOLISM IN CHURCHES
CLERICAL CELIBACY AND PROSTITUTION
CELIBATE FANATICS AND THE HUMAN BODY
THE DREADFUL CULT OF THE ANCHORITES
MARTYRS OF THE VIRGIN LIFE
THE ROMANCE OF WARKWORTH HERMITAGE
MORE MARTYRS OF THE VIRGIN LIFE
THE DARKEST SIDE OF CLERICAL CELIBACY
WOMEN UNDER CELIBACY
THE TRAGEDY OF WALLEDUP MONKS AND NUNS
CLERICAL CELIBACY AND THE CONFESSIONAL
WHY NOT ABOLISH CLERICAL CELIBACY?
VIH SOME ENGLISH HERMITAGES AND THEIR STORY
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