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“Wrestling With Angels: The Sexual Revolution Confronts the Church” Provides a Remarkable Understanding of How the Changing Patterns of Sexual and Family Behaviors Impacted Religious Organizations


When the sexual revolution imploded in the United States in the 1960’s, Judeo/Christian communities struggled to understand how to respond to changing sexual and family patterns.

Dr. Marjorie L. Coppock examines these changing behaviors that took place in the last half of the 20th century.

Well documented and well researched, Dr. 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 denomination respond to these changes? What were the consequences for individuals and society?

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. ‘The new morality’ outlined by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in the late 1880’s denied divine reality. They sought to liberate people from binding family relationships by abolishing the family as the economic unit and having society take care of all children.

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.

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.

“Wrestling With Angels: The Sexual Revolution Confronts the Church” is a work that is widely praised by academics and clergy, naming it a major contribution to the study of the relationship between religion and society and an essential source in the discussion of the sexual revolution in the U.S. as it impacts the church.

Broaden your perspective in this well researched and timely piece of work. Dr. Marjorie L. Coppock challenges universities and religious organizations to engage in serious discussion and consideration in regard to changing sexual behaviors and family patterns and the consequences of the directions in which we are moving.

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Wrestling With Angels: The Sexual Revolution Confronts the Church (Copyright © 2003)
Author: Marjorie L. Coppock
Publisher: Your Online Publicist
Publication Date: May 2023
Genre: Non-Fiction – Religion/Cultural/Social Issues
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-63892-601-6
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-63892-602-3

About the Author
Marjorie L. Coppock holds a BA degree in Psychology from Bridgewater College, an MS degree in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University, and a Ph.D., in Sociology from Texas A&M University. She has taught sociology within the Texas A&M and University of Texas Systems. Marjorie L. Coppock has actively participated in church activities throughout her life. Through the years she, her husband and three children attended various denominations, including Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Church of the Brethren. She also taught a few years in a Catholic school and university. The author documents the sexual revolution as it confronts the church both as an involved sociologist and with personal awareness and understanding.

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