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The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology

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In this reexamination of what it means to have a tradition, Catholic and otherwise, Mark D. Jordan offers a powerful and provocative study of the sin of erotic love between men. The Invention of Sodomy reveals the theological fabrication of arguments for categorizing genital acts between members of the same sex.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 15th 1998 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1997)
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Mar 24, 2012 Mark added it
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Good grief this was hardgoing. Not just because of its dry style of writing, though that is certainly the case, but also because of the contortions and twisted logic that is sometimes exercised by the some of the Fathers of the Church in their obsession with all things willy related.

Acquinas' comment about angels dancing on the head of a pin is normally seen, I think, as one which points out the ridiculous attempt to discuss and encapsulate things of the spirit in too simplistic terms. The rumi
Ever played "telephone", where one person tells another person something, it gets passed through several people, and comes out the other end of the chain completely different from how it started? The word "sodomy" is like that. This book tracks the process through time to reveal the lie. Fascinating read, and invaluable in setting the record straight (no pun intended) about how the concept of "sodomy" developed.
Jul 13, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Mark Jordan's develops a genealogical analysis of sodomy in Christian theology. Drawing on the insights of Nietzsche and Foucault that challenge the objectivity, necessary and universality of the category of sodomy, Jordan shows how the concept has developed over time. The argumentative strategy of the book is thus to promote a kind of skepticism towards the essentialist conception of sodomy that often underlies popular debates about sexuality.
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