Sex and the Church

May 2015
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3. Christianity v The West

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In this final episode of the series, professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how the offical Christian Church and Western society have moved apart on issues of sex and gender over the last 300 years. The Enlightenment encouraged people to question authority and that included the Church's teachings on sex. In the late 17th century, prostitution and homosexuality openly flourished in western cities - an open affront to centuries of Christian teaching. At the same time, new forms of Protestantism, ...
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2. Sexual Revolution

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Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch continues his exploration of how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality through history. Travelling from the north east of England to Germany and Italy, he explains how the Christian church took control of marriage in the 11th century, turning a civil institution into a sacred rite of Christianity. And he reveals how the Protestant Reformation launched a sexual revolution.
April 2015
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1. From Pleasure to Sin

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In the first part of a major three-part series, the eminent theological historian Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch explores how Christianity has shaped western attitudes to sex, gender and sexuality throughout history. Travelling from Israel to Greece, Italy and Ireland, he begins by showing how the early Christians transformed sex from a biological necessity into a vice, from a pleasure into a sin. Even though Jesus Christ said very little about sex, Christianity soon promoted celibacy as the Chr...
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