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The sexual revolution in the United States was responsible for profound changes in sexual and family behaviors.

  • How did the social and moral values and public legislation change so quickly from support for stable family relationships to sexual license and family dissolution?
  • What influences encouraged or resisted these changes?
  • What were the consequences for individuals and for society?
  • How did these changes affect traditional religious values and practices?

At the end of the millenium, religious groups encountered political struggles internally within their own organizations and within the larger society in their support of traditional religious values.

"Wrestling With Angels" documents the challenges to traditional religious sexual and family behaviors and describes responses to changes within Judeo/Christian communities.

Marjorie L. Coppock contends that both the universities and religious organizations need to engage in serious discussion and consideration in regard to changing sexual behaviors and family patterns and the consequences of the directions in which we are moving.

Purchasing information:
Written hard copies of the book, soft cover and hard cover, are now available at the listed prices at Your Online Publicist (click either of the ISBN numbers below):
ISBN: 978-1-63892-601-6 (sc)    ISBN 978-1-63892-602-3 (hc)

Praise for Wrestling With Angels

  • "Wrestling With Angels is very helpful in its analysis of the impact of the sexual revolution on our culture, particularly in its relation to the church. It is a much needed study."
           -Dr. D. James Kennedy
           President, Coral Ridge Ministries
  • "A major contribution to the study of the relationship between religion and society. It provides a much needed perspective on this interface. The chapters on family breakdown and the culture wars make it particularly valuable for use in courses on marriage and the family."
           -Dr. William Alex McIntosh
           Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University at College Station
  • "Exactly what the world needs today, a concise examination told in a compelling way that reminds us of our direction and purpose as the church."
           -Rev. Bob Allen
           Senior Pastor of Coker United Methodist Church, San Antonio, Texas
  • "Eye-opening and thought provoking. It presents succinct research documentation that provides another tool in support of marriage and intact families. This book is both timely and needed. I plan to give it as a wedding gift. It is a book that every Christian family should read and discuss."
           -Evelyn Townley, Executive Director
           Wise Choices for Youth, San Antonio, Texas
  • "A very well researched piece of work from which I learned a lot. The book is chock full of interesting and useful information."
           -Dr. Norval D. Glenn
           Ashbel Smith Professor of Sociology and Stiles Professor of American Studies
           University of Texas at Austin
  • "A thorough and scholarly examination of the social and cultural impact of the sexual revolution in the United States, particularly as it impacts the church. It is a groundbreaking study that will be an essential source in this discussion for some time to come."
           -Dr. Clifford M. Black, Ph.D, C.C.S.
           Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice
           United Methodist Clergy

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Marjorie L. Coppock holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bridgewater College, a Master of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M University. She has taught sociology within the Texas A&M and the University of Texas Systems with a focus on social organization, social change, social problems, social movements, marriage and family, religion in society, juvenile delinquency, gerontology, and research methods. Dr. Coppock and her husband, Carl, have three grown children, two sons and a daughter.