Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity by Jennifer Wright Knust

By Jennifer Wright Knust

Early Christians used fees of adultery, incest, and lascivious habit to demonize their competitors, police insiders, face up to pagan rulers, and outline what it intended to be a Christian. Christians often claimed that they, and so they on my own have been sexually virtuous, evaluating themselves to these marked as outsiders, specifically non-believers and "heretics," who have been acknowledged to be managed via lust and not able to rein of their carnal wishes. actual or no longer, those fees allowed Christians to offer themselves as diverse from and morally more desirable to these round them. via cautious, leading edge readings, Jennifer Knust explores the writings of Paul, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons, and different early Christian authors who argued that Christ on my own made self-mastery attainable. Rejection of Christ ended in either immoral sexual habit and, eventually, alienation and punishment from God. Knust considers how Christian writers participated in an extended culture of rhetorical invective, a rhetoric that used to be usually hired to shield prestige and distinction. Christians borrowed, deployed, and reconfigured classical rhetorical concepts, turning them opposed to their rulers to undercut their ethical and political authority. Knust additionally examines using accusations of licentiousness in conflicts among rival teams of Christians. Portraying rival sects as wicked allowed accusers to say their very own crew as consultant of "true Christianity." Knust's booklet additionally finds the ways that sexual slurs and their use in early Christian writings mirrored cultural and gendered assumptions approximately what constituted purity, morality, and fact. In doing so, deserted to Lust highlights the complicated interrelationships among intercourse, gender, and sexuality in the classical, biblical, and early-Christian traditions.

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Quoting Diogenes, pseudo-Plutarch summed it up: “Go into any brothel [porneion] to learn that there is no difference between what costs money and what costs nothing” ([Plutarch] Mor. 97 It is therefore striking that Plutarch usually condemned the Roman exemplar in his parallel Lives for indulgence in extravagant excesses. Furthermore, in the example from Lucian above, it was Rome that was described as rank with luxuries and therefore also with vice. Nevertheless, from the Roman point of view, luxury was a foreign vice98 For example, Sallust condemned Sulla for allowing his soldiers to indulge in “luxury and license foreign to the ways of our ancestors” (Sall.

48 What did Christian authors seek to gain by employing such slurs? ” Arguments presented in terms of the bad sexual behavior of a target, such as those frequently put forward by early Christians, served to reinforce boundaries between those associated with the bad behavior and those who claimed that such behavior is abhorrent. Finding themselves in agreement, the bonds between an author and audience were strengthened and the targets of the accusation were pushed even further away. The author and his sympathizers discovered that they are “superior” since they, of course, engage only in “proper” sexual activity.

Excellence of the city’s government 4. ancestors and family C. Personal advantages 1. education 2. friends 3. fame 4. public service 5. wealth 6. number and beauty of children 7. happy death II. Bodily Excellences A. Health B. Strength C. Beauty D. Vitality III. Spiritual Excellences A. Virtues 1. wisdom 2. moderation 3. courage SEXUAL SLANDER AND ANCIENT INVECTIVE 21 4. justice 5. piety 6. nobility 7. liberality B. Actions following from the virtues 1. those following from their aims a. altruistic b.

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