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Devotions and Desires: Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the Twentieth-Century United States

Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather R. White

Abstract

At a moment when “freedom of religion” rhetoric fuels public debate, it is easy to assume that sex and religion have faced each other in pitched battle throughout modern U.S. history. Yet, by tracking the nation’s changing religious and sexual landscapes over the twentieth century, this book challenges that zero-sum account of sexuality locked in a struggle with religion. It shows that religion played a central role in the history of sexuality in the United States, shaping sexual politics, communities, and identities. At the same time, sexuality has left lipstick traces on American religious h ... More

Keywords: history of religion, history of sexuality, American religions, religious pluralism, twentieth century United States, secularism, sexularism, sexual liberalism, same-sex marriage, marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469636269
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636269.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gillian Frank, editor
Princeton University

Bethany Moreton, editor
Dartmouth College

Heather R. White, editor
University of Puget Sound

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Introduction

Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather R. White

Subversive Spiritualities

Andrea R. Jain

Purity and Population

Rebecca L. Davis

Sex Is Holy and Mysterious

James P. Mccartin

Real True Buds

Judith Weisenfeld

Sexual Diplomacy

Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci

Modernizing Decency

Whitney Strub

Fascinating and Happy

Neil J. Young

Founding New Sodom

Daniel Rivers

Afterword

John D’Emilio