Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 May 1985

202 Pages | illus.

ISBN: 9780195036121

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Innocent Ecstasy

How Christianity Gave America an Ethic of Sexual Pleasure

Peter Gardella

"Arresting...intellectually satisfying....Reveals a curious and previously hidden history of sex in America, in which scientific theories offered seemingly rational foundations for sexual abstinence, while religion, for once, gave us the nod of cosmic approval"--Psychology Today. This provocative book shows how Christianity has shaped Americans' sexual expectations--and laid the foundations for the sexual revolution.


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