Visions of Sodom: Religion, Homoerotic Desire, and the End by H. G. Cocks

By H. G. Cocks

The e-book of Genesis documents the fiery destiny of Sodom and Gomorrah—a hurricane of fireside and brimstone used to be despatched from heaven and, for the wickedness of the folks, God destroyed the towns “and all of the plains, and all of the population of the towns, and that which grew upon the ground.” in line with many Protestant theologians and commentators, one of many Sodomites’ many crimes was once homoerotic excess.

In Visions of Sodom, H. G. Cocks examines the various alternative ways within which the tale of Sodom’s destruction supplied a template for realizing homoerotic wish and behavior in Britain among the Reformation and the 19th century. Sodom was once not just a marker of sexual sins, but in addition the epitome of false—usually Catholic—religion, an exemplar of the iniquitous urban, a foreshadowing of the world’s fiery finish, an epitome of divine and earthly punishment, and a precise position that may be hunted for and came upon. Visions of Sodom investigates every one of those methods of analyzing Sodom’s annihilation within the 300 years after the Reformation. The centrality of scripture to Protestant religion intended that Sodom’s dying supplied a robust beginning delusion of homoerotic wish and sexual extra, person who endured throughout centuries, and keeps an apocalyptic echo within the non secular fundamentalism of our personal time.

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