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“Wrestling With Angels: The Sexual Revolution Confronts the Church” is an Essential Resource in Understanding How the Sexual Revolution Impacted Religious Organizations

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Sociologist Dr. Marjorie L. Coppock documents the sexual revolution that swept across the United States, jeopardizing the ability of the family to act as a reproductive support group for religious values.

As the sexual revolution swept across the United States in the last half of the 20th century, profound changes in sexual and family patterns challenged traditional values and practices. Religious organizations encountered political struggles – within both their own organizations and within society – in support of traditional values.

“Wrestling With Angels: The Sexual Revolution Confronts the Church” documents the social processes by which moral values and public legislation changed so quickly from support for stable family relationships to sexual license and family dissolution and change.

The book documents these struggles in a concise way. Separate chapters examine how societal changes in feminism, sex education, childhood sexuality, abortion, homosexuality, pornography, divorce, reproductive technology and sexual misconduct in the church challenged the policies and practices of Judeo/Christian organizations. Each chapter documents the organizations and individuals who were responsible for supporting the social changes and the organizations and individuals who sought to protect and support traditional values of the faith. The way in which different denominations and organizations responded to these changes is documented.

The changes in family and sexual behaviors challenged the ability of the family to act as a reproductive support group for religious values and ideas. Because the debates focused on the meaning of human life, the family and sacred values, the disputes became acrimonious. These debates are documented in the book.

Despite a commitment to considering all options, the Christian viewpoint, which is a perspective deeply rooted in Dr. Coppock’s religion, is very much at the center of her work. She examines how some religious organizations have overtly rejected the sexual revolution while others have accepted the ideas by compromising core values of the faith.

Both academics and clerics have praised “Wrestling With Angels: The Sexual Revolution Confronts the Church” as a much needed study in the relationship between religion and society and an essential resource in the discussion of the sexual revolution as it impacts the church. The book provides a necessary and scholarly examination of the cultural impact of the sexual revolution as it impacts religious policies and practices

This book examines the challenges directed toward Judeo/Christian churches and synagogues in their support of cherished sexual and family values. And it is in this area that Dr. Coppock’s work excels. It serves as a valuable resource for the Christian community to reach out to those with whom they may disagree.

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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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 Marjorie L. Coppock
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