BBC: Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch on Sex and the Church

Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University, has presented a series of three programmes about the history of the attitudes of Christian churches to sexual behaviour.

These programmes are available for a period to watch again on BBC iPlayer.

Did you know that until the 11th century the church did not concern itself with marriage, which was purely a legal contract? Social and economic changes made people turn to the church to validate marriage, and the church responded by ensuring it had a monopoly of control over sexual behaviour.

In episode 3 he describes the changes in social attitudes that led to the weakening of the control of both protestant and catholic churches, over marriage and divorce, contraception and abortion and sexual behaviour generally.

Well worth watching!

 

 

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