Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century

Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century

Beginning his volume in the ancient and medieval worlds, Geoffrey R. Stone demonstrates how the Founding Fathers, deeply influenced by their philosophical forebears, saw traditional Christianity as an impediment to the pursuit of happiness and to the quest for human progress. Acutely aware of the need to separate politics from the divisive forces of religion, the Founding...

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Title:Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century
Author:Geoffrey R. Stone
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ISBN:0871404699
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:704 pages

Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century Reviews

  • Anna
    Dec 16, 2016
    Review forthcoming in Publishers Weekly. This is an excellent survey of American law and public attitudes toward the regulation of three aspects of human sexuality: sexual speech/"obscenity", abortion and contraception, and homosexual acts and identities. It races through about 100 pages of "prequel...
  • !Tæmbuŝu
    Mar 09, 2017
    Reviewed by Open Letters Monthly...
  • Matt Ward
    May 22, 2017
    This is quite a good read considering how dry much of the subject matter could be in the wrong hands. The central reason to read this is found right at the beginning, though. Much is now known about the early history of the U.S. and the framers of the constitution. The book makes a compelling argume...
  • Rachel Blakeman
    Apr 16, 2017
    This is really a 4.5 star review. Based on being more than 500 pages of text this is clearly a deep dive into the subject matter. If you are looking for a basic overview of the themes and concepts, read the 5-page epilogue. It focuses on the First and Fourteenth amendments as they relate to speech a...
  • victor harris
    Jun 14, 2017
    People's sexual conduct was generally outside the purview of government and court authority until religious reformers (or meddlers) during the Second Great Awakening began extending their reach into private matters. In the post-Civil War era, state intrusion gained momentum with the Comstock Laws, f...
  • Sheri
    May 10, 2017
    Having taught such Constitutional Law topics as contraception, abortion, homosexual status/relationships, and gay marriage, I found this book irresistible. Stone's approach to the topic is to start with a bunch of history -- what sexual behaviors and rules were in the formative days of western cultu...
  • Sandie
    May 21, 2017
    Only partially read this book - basically just "Part II - Founders" which explained their spiritual/religious background/culture. What documents did they draw on when writing the Constitution, etc. Very interesting, easy to read. Would be easy to pick up and learn more. . ....
  • Aishuu
    May 23, 2017
    Very well done with plenty of historic perspective I've never considered. It touches the hot-button issues of abortion and gay rights. The writing is really smooth and explains the legal history well without forgetting the human story behind the regulation. I did find this a very liberal interpretat...
  • Andra Watkins
    Jun 01, 2017
    A must read for every American. We need to be reintroduced to these principles STAT!!...
  • Elizabeth
    Jun 23, 2017
    Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover) by Geoffrey R. Stone Contents: The ancient world : the triumph of Augustine -- The power of revealed truth -- England, the enlightenment, and the age of eros -- From puritanism to the purs...