Christianity 's Influence On Sexuality And Gender

889 WordsJun 17, 20154 Pages
To conclude this course I have chosen to write my final research paper on Christianity’s influence on sexuality and gender. I will provide scholarly information and accounts for how Christianity has shaped our sexual behaviour as well as differing roles for males and females. From past to present the influence of Christianity has affected us worldwide; this paper presents real world examples of how Christianity has come into play with our culture, and what we can learn by how it has affected people’s identities. My first source entitled “Christianity and Sexuality in the Early Modern World: Regulating Desire” by Merry Wiesner-Hank is useful for presenting an account of how sexuality and gender was discussed in Christianity’s New Testament bible. In the letters of Paul to Jesus, Paul warned against those who opposed marriage, and also suggested that widows and widowers do not remarry. “Along with discussing acceptable and unacceptable sexual activities, the letters of Paul introduce a gendered and sexualized metaphor for the Christian community: the bridge of Christ. Human marriage is equated with the union between Christ and church; husbands are admonished to love their wives as Christ loved the church; and wives to be subject to their husbands as the church is subject to Christ (Ephesians 5:21-33) (Wiesner-Hank, 27). This quote presented is very important – it provides a clear illustration of the difference in expectations from the different genders in marriage under the
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