Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 October 2016

280 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190609405

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Innocent Ecstasy, Updated Edition

How Christianity Gave America an Ethic of Sexual Pleasure

Peter Gardella

  • Describes how Christian influences led Americans to seek ecstatic pleasure and to expect freedom from guilt in their sexual relations
  • Traces the history of the doctrine of original sin and its evolution through today's popular culture

New to this Edition:

  • New conclusion explores how popular music, gay liberation, and recovery from sexual abuse have substantially expanded innocent ecstasy during the past thirty years while continuing the Christian themes of redemption and mission
  • New afterword deals with contemporary developments in popular culture and offers thoughts about the future