Download e-book for kindle: Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity by Jennifer Wright Knust

By Jennifer Wright Knust

ISBN-10: 0231136625

ISBN-13: 9780231136624

Early Christians used fees of adultery, incest, and lascivious habit to demonize their rivals, police insiders, face up to pagan rulers, and outline what it intended to be a Christian. Christians usually claimed that they, and so they by myself have been sexually virtuous, evaluating themselves to these marked as outsiders, specifically non-believers and "heretics," who have been acknowledged to be managed by means of lust and not able to rein of their carnal wishes. real or now not, those fees allowed Christians to provide themselves as assorted from and morally enhanced to these round them.

Through cautious, cutting edge readings, Jennifer Knust explores the writings of Paul, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons, and different early Christian authors who argued that Christ by myself made self-mastery attainable. Rejection of Christ ended in either immoral sexual habit and, finally, alienation and punishment from God. Knust considers how Christian writers participated in a protracted culture of rhetorical invective, a rhetoric that used to be usually hired to safeguard prestige and distinction. Christians borrowed, deployed, and reconfigured classical rhetorical options, turning them opposed to their rulers to undercut their ethical and political authority. Knust additionally examines using accusations of licentiousness in conflicts among rival teams of Christians. Portraying rival sects as wicked allowed accusers to assert their very own team as consultant of "true Christianity."

Knust's e-book additionally unearths the ways that sexual slurs and their use in early Christian writings mirrored cultural and gendered assumptions approximately what constituted purity, morality, and fact. In doing so, Abandoned to Lust highlights the complicated interrelationships among intercourse, gender, and sexuality in the classical, biblical, and early-Christian traditions.

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