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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Evangelical erotica: an overlooked area in reception history?

In response to Mike Bird's reference to a Sydney Morning Herald article on Christian Sex Guides, Doug Chaplin points out a load of exotic sounding practices and makes the following comment which may or may not be true:
I’m not quite sure why, since evangelical Christians (the only sort who would buy a separate “Christian” guide) seem to me to have bought fully into a late modern Western hedonistic relational pleasure-giving-and-receiving understanding of sex as a necessary means of human fulfilment – only adding the proviso that it really ought to happen only in marriage (straight of course!) whether it’s your first, second, third or more.

Earliest Christian History is a family blog and would never publish the sorts of descriptions Doug does. However, it seems that Mike may have been reading a bit more widely, perhaps from one of the aforementioned, I don't know, though he seems to be getting a little less elaborate in his old age:
Most nights I do a 10-15 minute reading from the Greek New Testament. Since I haven't mastered all of the Greek quite yet, I sit in bed with three books: Kubo's lexicon, an NIV Bible, and my trusty UBS4. With my little library in bed with me (next to the wife) it gets pretty crowded. Well I'm glad to say that I only take the one book to bed with me now which is the new UBS reader's edition of the Gk NT.


Blogger Michael F. Bird said...

What a sad day it is for biblioblogdom when my sex life is suddenly the talking point on the web!

July 20, 2008

Blogger Doug Chaplin said...

(With appropriate irony at my leaving a comment) I am not often speechless! but metaphorically (honestly) f**k me!

July 20, 2008

Anonymous steph said...

"What a sad day it is for biblioblogdom when my sex life is suddenly the talking point" ... But Mike, I thought you were inviting a conversation when you brought up an article on Christian sex guides, publically discuss your bedtime ritual and comment on Anglican clergy's interest in your sexual innocence(?!)

July 21, 2008

Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

Never mind about reception history, why do you think the 50 or so skeletons unearthed from the cemetery at Qumran died at an early age? Here is quite a good article:

It states:
The only epidemiological study to date of the life span of gay men concluded that gay and bisexual men LOSE UP TO 20 YEARS OF LIFE EXPECTANCY." - Just suits Joe Zias's findings.
I presume this figure allows for loss of life expectancy for various sexually transmitted diseases. It would be interesting to see the figure not including deaths from AIDS. The article describes how abnormal sexual practices can cause loss of immunity, even without AIDS. So, it seems likely to me that they were the cause of the premature deaths at Qumran.

Mark Goodacre didn't like my recent post to his weblog which suggested that the original issue in the so-called epistle to the 'Romans' was sacrifice, not circumcision. The original writer was complaining about the immoral behaviour of the priests in Judea, and their hypocrisy in claiming cleansing by sacrifice while living immorally in disobedience of the law.

The same complaint is undoubtedly remembered in the Gospel of Judas:

'Jesus said, “What are the priests like?” They said, “Some … two weeks; some sacrifice their own children, others their wives, in praise and humility with each other; some sleep with men; some are involved in slaughter; some commit a multitude of sins and deeds of lawlessness. And the men who stand before the altar invoke your name, and in all the deeds of their deficiency, the sacrifices are brought to completion ….” '

I wonder what James Davila thinks of this pretty amazing parallel?

July 21, 2008

Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

In full, here is quite a good article:

July 21, 2008

Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

Try again - good family reading. http://catholiceducation.org/articles/homosexuality/

July 21, 2008

Blogger Steven Carr said...

'Given the historical likelihood that Jesus of Nazareth was believed by many of his contemporaries to have been a successful healer, how did he effect such cures? '

Given the historical certainity that L. Ron Hubbard was believed by many of his contemporaries to be a blood brother of the Blackfoot tribe of Montana, how did he come to be a blood brother of that tribe?

July 26, 2008

Anonymous Sven said...

Good Job! :)

August 22, 2008

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June 26, 2011

Anonymous Mans Suit said...

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June 27, 2011


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