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Patriarchal Religion, Sexuality, and Gender
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  • Page extent: 416 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.73 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 340/.112
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: K460 .B36 2008
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Natural law
    • Sex and law
    • Natural law--Religious aspects--Catholic Church

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521868631)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published December 2007

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Fundamentalist forms of religion today claim authority everywhere, including the debates over the politics and constitutional law of liberal democracies. This book examines this general question through its critical evaluation of a recent school of thought: that of the new natural lawyers. The new natural lawyers are the lawyers of the current Vatical hierarchy, polemically concerned to defend its retrograde views on matters of sexuality and gender in terms of arguments that, in fact, notably lack the philosophical rigor of the historical Thomism they claim to honor. The book critiques forms of fundamentalism and offers an original argument both for how they arose and why they are unreasonable in contemporary circumstances.


1. New natural law in context; 2. The architecture and reach of new natural law; 3. Criteria for evaluating new natural law; 4. Internal consistency: is new natural law secular?; 5. Internal consistency: is new natural law Thomistic?; 6. Substantive appeal: what's wrong with homophobia and sexism?; 7. Substantive appeal: new natural law, sexism, and homophobia; 8. Substantive appeal: moral absolutes and the inconsistent fundamentalism of new natural law; 9. New natural law and patriarchal religion; 10. Conclusions: Christian alternatives to new natural law.

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