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(Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity.pdf) Early Christians used charges of adultery incest and lascivious behavior to demonize their opponents police insiders resist pagan rulers and define what it meant to be a Christian Christians frequently claimed that they and they alone were sexually virtuous comparing themselves to those marked as outsiders especially non believers and heretics who were said to be controlled by lust and unable to rein in their carnal desires True or not these charges allowed Christians to present themselves as different from and morally superior to those around them Through careful innovative readings Jennifer Knust explores the writings of Paul Justin Martyr Irenaeus of Lyons and other early Christian authors who argued that Christ alone made self mastery possible Rejection of Christ led to both immoral sexual behavior and ultimately alienation and punishment from God Knust considers how Christian writers participated in a long tradition of rhetorical invective a rhetoric that was often employed to defend status and difference Christians borrowed deployed and reconfigured classical rhetorical techniques turning them against their rulers to undercut their moral and political authority Knust also examines the use of accusations of licentiousness in conflicts between rival groups of Christians Portraying rival sects as depraved allowed accusers to claim their own group as representative of true Christianity Knust s book also reveals the ways in which sexual slurs and their use in early Christian writings reflected cultural and gendered assumptions about what constituted purity morality and truth In doing so i Abandoned to Lust i highlights the complex interrelationships between sex gender and sexuality within the classical biblical and early Christian traditionsDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity books for multiple devices.