Sex, Marriage, and Family & the Religions of the Book

Project Description

Analysis of the role that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam have played and can play in forming and reforming theories, laws, and practices of sex, marriage, and family life.


The Pew Charitable Trusts, Inc., Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Ford Foundation

Senior Advisors
CSLR Participants
Other Participants
  • Lynn Welchman, University of London
  • Amy Wheeler, Emory University

Project Publications

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The Abortion/Contraception Paradox: How the Misuse of Politics, Law and Religion by Birth Control Opponents Conspires to Increase Abortions New Carol J. Rowland Hogue, Lynn Hogue
"Adoption: Legal, Theological, and Ethical Challenges," March 29, 2003 John C. Mayoue, Warner, Mayoue, Bates, Nolen & Collar, P.C.; Stephen G. Post, Case Western Reserve University; Stephen B. Presser, Northwestern University; Ann M. Stanton, Arizona State University
American Religions and the Family: How Faith Traditions Cope with Modernization and Democracy, Columbia University Press, 2006 Don S. Browning†, David A. Clairmont
"Antigone's Answer: Essays on Death, Burial and Commemoration in Classical Athens," Helios, Vol. 33s, No. Supplement (2006): 1-220 Cynthia B. Patterson
"An Apt and Cheerful Conversation on Marriage,"February 7, 2001 John Witte, Jr.
Authorizing Marriage? Canon, Tradition, and Critique in the Blessing of Same-Sex Unions, Princeton University Press, 2006 Mark D. Jordan
"Authorizing Marriage? Canon, Tradition, and Critique in the Blessing of Same-sex Unions," March 29, 2003 Mark D. Jordan, Dale Martin, Yale University; Saul Olyan, Brown University; Mary Ann Tolbert, Pacific School of Religion
Blessing Same-Sex Unions: The Perils of Queer Romance and the Confusions of Christian Marriage, University of Chicago Press, 2005 Mark D. Jordan
Children and Childhood in World Religions, Rutgers University Press, 2009 Don S. Browning†, Marcia J. Bunge
Children and Childhood in American Religions, Rutgers University Press, 2009 Don S. Browning†, Bonnie Miller-McLemore
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In Their Own Words

"Though attacked and wounded, fractured and dispersed, not all African American families were destroyed nor all bloodlines broken. Indeed many of hte writings in the Afro-Protestant Press may be interpreted as demonstrating that even when deliberately unraveled, African American families reknit themselves into kinship communities of families ... that in fact functioned effectively enough to teach self-esteem and to encourage resistance to enslavement, to offer some physical protection and practical advice, and to preserve and perpetuate cultural practices."

–Frances Smith Foster