Sex and the Sins of the Fathers: Fertility Religion versus Human Rights

Marilyn McCord Adams

in Radical Christian Voices and Practice

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199599776
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738340 | DOI:
Sex and the Sins of the Fathers: Fertility Religion versus Human Rights

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Conservative Anglicans have joined Roman Catholics in taking the position that respect for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons is compatible, not only with denying their partnerships legally protected institutional housing, but also with criminal penalties for homosexual activity. This chapter offers a diagnosis of how Christians come to feel comfortable with such conclusions, through a successive conflation of true religion with civil religion and civil religion with fertility religion, with the result that God becomes not only complicit in, but the author and enforcer of sex-and-gender taboos. This slide from the Bible and from Vatican documents is illustrated, and the chapter closes with recommendations for undoing these conflations.

Keywords: sex; gender; civil religion; fertility religion; vatican; taboos; human rights

Chapter.  7011 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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