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2019 | 12, Historia publiczna | 227-252

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Afirmacja seksualności w amerykańskim protestantyzmie ewangelikalnym i fundamentalistycznym

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Afirmation of sexuality in evangelical and fundamentalist American protestatism

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The author of the article believes that the Bible on which Christianity builds, and Evangelical Protestantism in particular, does not represent a full or comprehensive model of sexual ethics. Basically, it deals with body and sexuality temporarily and fragmentarily, and a deeper reflection on these issues is residual. The attitude to the body and sexuality present today in cultures that grew out of (or processed by) Judeo-Christian tradition is the result of later (re)interpretations. Therefore, it does not originate from the biblical text itself, but from the cultural, social and historical conditions of its interpreters. The pessimistic and negative post-Augustian anthropology created in Western (Latin) Christianity was undertaken by Protestantism. Within it, however, it underwent a kind of diversification. On the one hand, the body was still radically harassed, especially against all sorts of "lusts". On the other hand, sex and sexuality were dedemonized by placing them in the context of a romantic marriage bond. Thus, the apotheosis of virginity and celibacy in Catholicism was undermined. The material for the analysis are guides written from a religious and confessional perspective. Their function is to distribute ideas and reproduce attitudes represented by Evangelical communities. The stylistic and rhetorical means used by the authors, including metaphors, show a positive attitude towards human sexuality and sex as an act. However, this approach has some restrictions. They result from the patriarchal order, which is considered to be divine and complementary anthropology. Sex and sexuality are locked in a heterosexual, monogamous and romantic marriage space.




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  • Uniwersytet Wrocławski


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