By Elaine Pagels
The disgust felt by way of early Christians for the flesh used to be an intensive departure from either pagan and Jewish sexual attitudes. in truth, as Princeton professor Pagels (The Gnostic Gospels) demonstrates, the ascetic move in Christianity met with nice resistance within the first 4 centuries A.D.
Sex grew to become totally tainted, inextricably associated with sin below the lessons of Augustine. This stricken sinner invoked Adam and Eve to justify his idiosyncratic view of humanity as completely scarred via the autumn. rather than being pushed aside as marginal, Augustine's grim outlook took carry, based on Pagels, since it was once politically expedient. Now that Christianity had turn into the imperial faith, Rome sought after its imperfect topics to obey a robust Christian kingdom. This hugely provocative heritage hyperlinks the spiritual roots of Western sexual attitudes to women's inferior prestige during the centuries.
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