New Book Questions Right Of Religion To Influence, Control Sex

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Author John R. Gregg reveals ‘Sex, The Illustrated History: Through Time, Religion and Culture’

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Sex, The Illustrated History: Through Time, Religion, and Culture” (published by Xlibris) is a daring exploration of human sexuality from the ancient to the modern world. The book reveals sexual practices and beliefs previously omitted or obscured from all historical telling. In a scathing condemnation of religion and its control of sexuality, author John R. Gregg explores ways in which religion has defined and informed sexuality. The book graphically examines the interplay between religion, spirituality, and sexual expression across cultures.

In his exploration of world cultures, Gregg noted a lack of honest and in-depth information regarding sexual observances around the world. He shows that a myriad approaches to religion and sex have manifested in different societies. Gregg says. “Religions have never had universal or even consistent views concerning sexual behavior.” The author points out that sexuality is a creative dynamic expression of human experience.

In this first of three volumes, readers can learn about the variety of ways humans have viewed, practiced and celebrated sex. Over 300 erotically-themed images, selected from ancient erotica and artworks worldwide, illuminate each culture within its own context. The book sheds new light in the arena of LGBT studies regarding evolution of women’s roles and rights, and the bisexual nature of most human societies. The interweaving of religion, sex, and spirituality are continual themes throughout the book.

“I hope this work will make it clear that there is no unified view which determines appropriate sexual behavior. By showing the great variety of ways that cultures express sexuality, my hope is that human thought and sexual expression can embrace a greater openness and acceptance.”

“Sex, The Illustrated History: Through Time, Religion and Culture”
By John R. Gregg
Hardcover | 8.5x11in | 342 pages | ISBN 9781524530624
Softcover | 8.5x11in | 342 pages | ISBN 9781524530631
E-Book | 342 pages | ISBN 9781524530648
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
John R. Gregg, historian, researcher, educator, writer and traveler, has had a lifelong fascination with the beliefs and practices of peoples worldwide. He has taught World Civilization, Anthropology, American History, and Native American History and Culture, at the University of Florida, University of North Florida and other universities. He has lived, worked and traveled extensively in Asia and North and South America, studying religious and cultural practices throughout the world.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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