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Preaching eugenics : religious leaders and the American eugenics movement

Author: Christine Rosen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Preaching Eugenics tells how Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish leaders confronted and, in many cases, enthusiastically embraced eugenics - a movement that embodied progressive attitudes about modern science at the time. Christine Rosen argues that religious leaders pursued eugenics precisely when they moved away from traditional religious tenets. The liberals and modernists - those who challenged their churches to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Rosen
ISBN: 019515679X 9780195156799
OCLC Number: 52311882
Description: viii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Fervent charity --
Certifying eugenic purity in the churches --
Protestant promoters and Jewish eugenics --
Eugenicists discover Jesus --
Sterilization, birth control, and the Catholic confrontation with eugenics --
Twilight converts.
Responsibility: Christine Rosen.
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