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The Making of Fornication
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The Making of Fornication: Eros, Ethics, and Political Reform in Greek Philosophy and Early Christianity

Kathy Gaca


This work provides a reassessment of the emergence and nature of Christian sexual morality, the dominant moral paradigm in Western society since late antiquity. While many scholars, including Michel Foucault, have found the basis of early Christian sexual restrictions in Greek ethics and political philosophy, the author of this book demonstrates that it is misguided to regard Greek ethics and political theory—with their proposed reforms of eroticism, the family, and civic order—as the foundation of Christian sexual austerity. Rather, she shows that early Christian goals to eradicate fornicatio ... More

Keywords: Christian sexual morality, Christian sexual restrictions, Greek ethics, political philosophy, Christian sexual austerity, Septuagint, early Christian writers, sexual reform, fornication, Gentile sexual practices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780520235991
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520235991.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathy Gaca, author