[LMB] Religion and cultural drift

Eric Oppen ravenclaweric at gmail.com
Thu Feb 13 07:25:41 GMT 2020

Some bath houses *were* basically fronts for bordellos.  However, as I
understand it, the medieval Church was, at seventh and last, run by some
very smart, very pragmatic people.  Their view was that all men were fallen
and would sin; their job was to keep sin under control, not eradicate it
from the face of the Earth.  They didn't like prostitution, but considered
it a necessary evil.

On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 8:43 PM Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:

> > On Feb 12, 2020, at 7:15 PM, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Bathing fell under suspicion after the plague of the mid-1300s, but was
> > never forbidden.  And the church railed against it, but the church railed
> > against anything that was fun and interesting.
> We still see clergy railing against stuff while other clergy of the same
> denominations don’t.   Lots of times, it isn’t “the Church”, but
> individuals.
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