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Author Griffith, R. Marie (Ruth Marie), 1967- author.

Title Moral combat : how sex divided American Christians and fractured American politics / R. Marie Griffith.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, 2017.
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  261.8357097 GRI    AVAILABLE
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Description xx, 395 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary "From an esteemed scholar of American religion and sexuality, a sweeping account of the century of religious conflict that produced our culture wars Gay marriage, transgender rights, birth control--sex is at the heart of many of the most divisive political issues of our age. The origins of these conflicts, historian R. Marie Griffith argues, lie in sharp disagreements that emerged among American Christians a century ago. From the 1920s onward, a once-solid Christian consensus regarding gender roles and sexual morality began to crumble, as liberal Protestants sparred with fundamentalists and Catholics over questions of obscenity, sex education, and abortion. Both those who advocated for greater openness in sexual matters and those who resisted new sexual norms turned to politics to pursue their moral visions for the nation. Moral Combat is a history of how the Christian consensus on sex unraveled, and how this unraveling has made our political battles over sex so ferocious and so intractable"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-374) and index.
Subject Christianity and politics -- United States.
Sex -- Political aspects -- United States.
Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Christians -- Political activity -- United States.
Protestant churches -- Relations -- Catholic Church.
Catholic Church -- Relations -- Protestant churches.
United States -- Church history.
ISBN 9780465094752 (hardback)
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