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PREFACE
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.1
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.2
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.3
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.4
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.5
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.1
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.2
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.3
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.4
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.5
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.6
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.7
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.8
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.9
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.10
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.11
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.1
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.2
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.3
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.4
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.1
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.2
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.3
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.4
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.1
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.2
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.3
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.4
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.5
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.6
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.1
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.2
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.3
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.4
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.5
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.6
PROSTITUTION-7.1
PROSTITUTION-7.2
PROSTITUTION-7.3
PROSTITUTION-7.4
PROSTITUTION-7.5
PROSTITUTION-7.6
PROSTITUTION-7.7
PROSTITUTION-7.8
PROSTITUTION-7.9
PROSTITUTION-7.10
PROSTITUTION-7.11
PROSTITUTION-7.12
PROSTITUTION-7.13
PROSTITUTION-7.14
PROSTITUTION-7.15
FOOTNOTES-1
FOOTNOTES-2

of the mediaeval ascetic spirit in the reported sayings and doings of 

Jesus, which may rather indeed be said to reveal, on the whole, 

notwithstanding their underlying asceticism, a certain tenderness and 

indulgence to the body, while even Paul, though not tender towards the 

body, exhorts to reverence towards it as a temple of the Holy Spirit. 

 

We cannot expect to find the Fathers of the Church sympathetic towards the 

spectacle of the naked human body, for their position was based on a 

revolt against paganism, and paganism had cultivated the body. Nakedness 

had been more especially associated with the public bath, the gymnasium, 

and the theatre; in profoundly disapproving of these pagan institutions 

Christianity discouraged nakedness. The fact that familiarity with 

nakedness was favorable, rather than opposed, to the chastity to which it 

attached so much importance, the Church--though indeed at one moment it 

accepted nakedness in the rite of baptism--was for the most part unable to 

see if it was indeed a fact which the special conditions of decadent 

classic life had tended to disguise. But in their decided preference for 

the dressed over the naked human body the early Christians frequently 

hesitated to take the further step of asserting that the body is a focus 

of impurity and that the physical organs of sex are a device of the devil. 

On the contrary, indeed, some of the most distinguished of the Fathers, 

especially those of the Eastern Church who had felt the vivifying breath 

of Greek thought, occasionally expressed themselves on the subject of 

Nature, sex, and the body in a spirit which would have won the approval of 

Goethe or Whitman. 

 

 

 


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