A History of Pregnancy in Christianity: From Original Sin to Contemporary Abortion Debates (Paperback)Anne Stensvold (author)
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This book examines changing views of procreation and fetal development throughout the history of the Christian tradition. This is the first comprehensive study of cultural perceptions of pregnancy, an area of scholarship that been understudied in the past. Pregnancy holds a central place in Christian ritual, iconography, and theology, including the dogma of the incarnation and the cult of Virgin Mary. This book provides a broad introduction to the attitudes and ideas within Western Christian communities by focusing on four periods of transition: Antiquity, the Enlightenment, modernity, and the present day. It lays the groundwork for further study of the interactions between biological models, cultural preconceptions, and religious beliefs.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"This book fills a gap in the current cultural historical literature on pregnancy....It paints the big picture from late antiquity to the modern period."
Neil Pembroke, University of Queensland, Australia
"This work is an important contribution to the current debate about human procreation, fertility and female reproductive autonomy. Combining sources from theological anthropology, legal documents and medical practices, from Antiquity to our time, Anne Stensvold demonstrates how doctrinal concepts are influenced by historically varying biological theories. Her work clarifies how religion and culture interact to shape Western ideas about contraception, pregnancy, abortion and childbirth."
Kari Elisabeth Borresen, University of Oslo, Norway
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