Date of Award
College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts
Dr. Gregory D. Bell
Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight
Dr. Jennifer L. Disney
Homosexuality has been a topic of recent controversial religious discourse, not only in America, but also world-wide. This begs the question: when did homosexuality become such a divisive issue in religious circles? The purpose of this thesis is to examine how ancient western cultures perceived homosexuality and treated homosexuals. Starting with the pagan civilizations of Greece and Rome, and then looking at how homosexuality was perceived in the ancient Judaic world and into the early Christian community, it seems that homosexuality only gradually became stigmatized as early Christians sought to distinguish themselves as unique in the ancient world.
Russell, Andrew S., "Is It So Bad to Be Yourself?" (2020). Graduate Theses. 119.
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