The sexual revolution that swept across the United States in the last half of the 20th century brought profound changes in sexual and family behaviors. These changes challenged traditional moral values and religious practices where chastity in singleness and fidelity in marriage were considered the appropriate sexual practices. In the Western world, legislation traditionally protected family values, because the family unit was the support system for free expression, allowing values to be passed on to the next generation through intergenerational family transfer.

In the 1960’s Marxist and secular humanist ideologies became ‘politically correct’ within the universities. Media programming became dominated by secular perspectives. Social influences through the media, schools, and legislation influenced people, especially young people, to move away from commitment to traditional moral behaviors and family values toward self-interests and personal development.

“Wrestling With Angels: The Sexual Revolution Confronts the Church” written by author Marjorie L. Coppock tackles theses profound changes, and describes how Judeo/Christian communities responded to them. While some communities sought to accommodate the changes, other communities strongly opposed them.

Changes in family and sexual behaviors became the focus of major social movements supporting both traditional and secular perspectives. Because the debates focused on the meaning of human life, the family, and sacred values, the disputes became acrimonious.

With a degree in Psychology and a PhD in Sociology, Dr. Coppock focuses on social organization, social change, social problems, social movements, marriage and family and religion in society. Her book has gained praise from academics, naming it a major contribution to the study of the relationship between religion and society.

Well documented and well researched, Dr. Marjorie L Coppock’s book “Wrestling With Angels: The Sexual Revolution Confronts the Church” asks and answers important and relevant questions. What influences encouraged or resisted the changes in sexual and family behaviors? How did these changes affect traditional religious values and practices? How did various church denominations respond to these changes? What were the consequences for individuals and for society?

Discover, learn, and get engrossed in her excellent and timely piece of work.

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“Wrestling with Angels: The Sexual Revolution Confronts the Church”

Author: Marjorie L. Coppock

Publisher: ACW Press

Published Date: April 15, 2003

Book Genre: Religion & Spirituality › Religious Studies

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Marjorie L. Coppock contends that both universities and religious organizations need to engage in serious discussion and consideration regarding changing sexual behaviors and family patterns and the consequences of the directions in which we are moving.

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