By Anne Stensvold

This publication examines altering perspectives of procreation and fetal improvement in the course of the background of the Christian culture. this can be the 1st entire examine of cultural perceptions of being pregnant, a space of scholarship that been understudied some time past. being pregnant holds a primary position in Christian ritual, iconography, and theology, together with the dogma of the incarnation and the cult of Virgin Mary. This e-book offers a huge advent to the attitudes and ideas inside of Western Christian groups via targeting 4 sessions of transition: Antiquity, the Enlightenment, modernity, and the current day. It lays the foundation for additional examine of the interactions among organic types, cultural preconceptions, and spiritual beliefs.

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