Trivia Tuesday: This Groundbreaking Work Traces Early Christian Preoccupations with Sexuality and the Body


Peter Brown’s study of the ascetic impulse in early Christianity begins in the pagan world of the first century AD and traces the early Christian preoccupation with sexuality and the body through the fifth century AD. The Body and Society explores the ways in which views on sexuality and the body mirrored and shaped relationships between men and women. By discussing figures including Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, Ambrose, Augustine, and many others, Brown gives his readers a fascinating sociological study of sexual renunciation and its impact on the early church.

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