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Christianity and Sexuality

Girls and Women Forge New Paths

Sharon Woodill

, often successfully, conflicting messages and convictions create an important space in the religion and sexuality literature. It disrupts the secular narrative that often dominates this discourse that posits the utter incompatibility of Christianity, in

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Mariano González-Delgado and Manuel Ferraz-Lorenzo

This article explains the approach to mass consumption developed in social studies textbooks in the early years of the transition to democracy in Spain. It begins by examining the way in which school textbooks represented consumer society and mass media in the late 1970s. This is followed by an in-depth explanation of the reasons that led the authors of these textbooks to choose one theoretical framework over another. Above all, this article emphasizes the complexity and variety of the historical materials used to represent consumer society, and how this process of social construction is reflected in the textbook content of the time.

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“I’m No Donna Reed”

Postfeminist Rhetoric in Christian At-Home Daughterhood Texts

Elizabeth Shively

-at-home daughter camp hashed out the piece as did online news outlets like Jezebel and the websites for Christianity Today and Time magazine ( Adams 2010 ; Prior 2010 ; Stein 2010 ). The tone of author Gina McGalliard’s original piece framed at

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Béchir Oueslati, Marie McAndrew, and Denise Helly

This article examines the evolution of the representation of Islam and Muslim cultures in textbooks in Quebec. Results indicate signicant improvements in the new secondary school history textbooks, both quantitatively (for they contain more information about pillars, key concepts, and relations with Christianity and Judaism) and qualitatively (on account of their depth of coverage, fewer negative views than in the 1980s, and fewer factual errors than in the 1990s). The positive role played by Muslim scientists in preserving old knowledge and enriching is also recognized. However, textbooks still view Islam as a religion of submission, proscriptions, and forced conversion, failing to recognize the diversity within Islam and Muslim cultures.

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From Boy to Man in Antiquity

Jesus in the Apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas

Reidar Aasgaard

This article presents a survey of research on childhood in antiquity and describes briefly the position of children in late antiquity and early Christianity. Special attention is given to the relationship between childhood and gender, with a focus on boyhood. The article analyses the apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which tells the childhood story of Jesus from age five to twelve. This brief story, which consists of miracle stories and discourses, originated in Greek in the 2nd century CE and became widely popular. The article shows that its depiction of Jesus conforms to current ideas of gender, gender relations, and gender socialisation. A central claim in the article is that boys were not expected to show the same degree of self-restraint as were adult males, but that as children they were allowed to behave more emotionally and unpredictably. Rather than being literarily inferior or theologically aberrant, the Infancy of Gospel of Thomas in its depiction of Jesus gives a lively and credible glimpse into the world and development of a late antiquity or early Christianity male child on his way from boyhood to male adult life.

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Are “the Natives” Educable?

Dutch Schoolchildren Learn Ethical Colonial Policy (1890–1910)

Elisabeth Wesseling and Jacques Dane

expansion by teaching them geographical information about their country’s overseas dominions and stories about missionary work, while missionaries working in colonial schools and hospitals invested in indigenous children as potential converts to Christianity

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Claudia Mitchell

violent self, and therefore make female externalized violence what [they] describe as narrative-able.” Two book reviews round out this issue. In “Christianity and Sexuality: Girls and Women Forge New Paths,” Sharon Woodill reviews Sonya Sharma’s Good

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Enis Sulstarova

. 13 Most history textbooks published after the fall of communism mention the doctrinal affinities of Islam with Christianity and Judaism. But occasionally, as in the following citation, one perceives a certain ambiguity regarding the question of

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Becoming a Gentleman

Adolescence, Chivalry, and Turn-of-the-Century Youth Movements

Kent Baxter

the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, coming-of-age was associated with the carrying of arms, the inheritance of land, and “adult status.” Another important factor in the early constructions of the concept of chivalry was how it reflected Christianity

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Jasmyn Galley

—the very same symbol of Western culture—to do so. Patsy’s abuse at the hands of Dicky and his crucifix stands as a metaphor of the rape of Native cultures by both Christianity and colonialism. Furthermore, Patsy is pregnant, which implies that this cultural