In Sex and Culture (), the ethnologist and social anthropologist J. D. Unwin studied 80 primitive tribes and 6 known civilizations through. Sex and culture [J.D. Unwin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Frankly, I do not know what to make of J. D. Unwin’s theories about sex and culture. His books rest in the catacombs of libraries because he preached a.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. The Fate of Culture in J. The Fate cultur Culture In J. Unwin1 is correct in his assessment of society, this present generation in the Western world may be the last one.

He found that when strict heterosexual monogamy was practiced the society attained its greatest cultural energy, especially in the Arts, Sciences and Technology; but as people rebelled against the prohibitions placed upon them and demanded more sexual opportunities, there was a consequent loss of their creative energy which resulted in the decline and eventual destruction of the civilization. Remarkably, He did not find any k.d.unwin to this trend.

From the rise of divorce, the breakdown of the family and the re-definition of marriage itself, to the rampant increase of internet pornography and the growing danger of pedophilia, we are witnessing American culture fragment at j.d.unin alarming rate.

Why has there been anx an outbreak of sexually deviant and sexually destructive acts? Why can we not pull ourselves together as a nation and rise above this unraveling of our moral fabric?

What will the future hold if we cannot reverse this trend and right our world? I think we can find some answers in Dr.

Will we heed his words and find healing or will we continue our race to the ocean, lemming-like and filled with fury and futility? It is time for a change of direction. Unwin concluded that the fabric that holds a society together is sexual in nature.

When life-long heterosexual monogamous relationship is se, the focus is on the nurture of the family and energy is expended to protect, plan for and build up the individual family unit.

This extends to the entire society and produces a strong society focused on preserving the strength of the family.

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However, He found that when sexual opportunities opened the door to pre-marital, post-marital and homosexual relationships, the social energy always dissipated as the individual focused more on self-gratification rather than societal xnd. In culure end, the energy level reached such a low point that destruction from within, through anarchy, or j.d.unwon from without, through despotism or from an invading force with greater social energy, was inevitable.

If this is true, then our culture in the West is now graduating the generation from its universities that will bring about the downfall of our civilization. Surely when we look at the rampant pre-marital sex, the sky- rocketing divorce rate often caused by adulterous relationshipsand the rise of homosexuality, we should realize that without a true reversal of this trend our society will die out just like all the other societies that Dr.

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Only a society-wide revival, such as the Protestant Reformation or the Great Awakening here in America would be able to break this trend. Without a revival, America will die. In this article I will explore J. Unwin concluded that there are three conditions that define the social energy in a society: The zoistic culture has the least creative energy and is characterized by a lack of any sexual continence.

Generation after generation the same tradition is handed on; the same ideas prevail. Time does not alter them. In such a society human beings are born; they satisfy their desires; they die. And, when their corpses have been disposed of, they are forgotten. Though Unwin realizes that a deistic culture implies that there is often a religious motivation to preserve a strong monogamous society, he does not feel comfortable with a supernatural explanation.


None of the cultures that he studied were able to continue without a strong resolve toward absolute monogamy, yet most of the cultures that held to this virtuous position were based on religious regulations and motivations. This Darwinian bias also prevented him from fully understanding the difference between the three conditions of society. Following Darwinian convention, Unwin believed the zoistic culture was merely the lowest form of a primitive culture that never moved up to a higher level.

Those cultures that did move up became manistic or finally deistic. Unwin relates how a number of cultures started out religious when they migrated to a certain area, but then rebelled against their “deistic” confines and became more manistic and even zoistic in their sexual behavior.

This evidence clearly suggests that these cultures degenerated to these levels rather than others that are now deistic were examples of evolutionary ascendency. In other words, the evidence points to a higher form of culture experiencing degeneration and corruption rather than merely primitive beginnings that did not evolve any higher. Thus, when scholars such as Edward B. Thus was born animism. When a number of these spirits became more important than all the others there commenced the worship of many gods or polytheism.

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Thus, monotheism would be the result of many generations of evolutionary development. Most who interpret the origin of religions through the filter of evolution will then say that in time man comes to the point of realizing that there is no supernatural power so all that is left is the worship of man as god, and that is humanism.

Thus, in the evolutionary view of the origins of religion, man ends up where he began: In the biblical view however, man starts with a belief in one God, and then through degeneration and corruption his religious views may become polytheistic, humanistic, or animistic, depending on the amount of degenerative views involved.

He may even end up with no religion, which is usually referred to as atheism or even nihilism. The Four Types of Post-Nuptial Regulations Generally speaking, Unwin believes that when human societies were absolutely monogamous they displayed a much greater energy than any other society. In his assessment of cultures, Unwin divides them into four types according to their views on post-nuptial regulations: Even a society with an absolute polygamy, such as with Islam, could not sustain the same level of energy as that of an absolute monogamy after the conquest and marriage to women who came from a strict monogamous culture It does not possess the energy to adopt new ideas; it remains content with its old institutions” We see this stagnation in the world of Islam today.

The only culture that has been able to sustain a growth in social energy has been the absolute monogamy. But no culture has been able to sustain that energy for an extended period of time In every case the society started its historical career in a state of absolute monogamy, manifested great energy while it preserved its austere regulations, and relaxed after a less rigorous tradition had been inherited by a complete new generation” One of the reasons that societies have not been able to sustain this energy is that in order for an absolute monogamy to work, women had to be reduced to the status of legal nonentities.

Sexual desires could cultue be satisfied in a direct or perverted manner; no dissatisfaction demanded an outlet; no emotional stress arose. So the energy of the society decreased, and then disappeared. Whenever the status of the woman is raised in a society the sexual j.d.unein also increase — to its own detriment.

The only exception to this rule though not acknowledged by Unwin is when the culture is guided by a strong religious foundation that enforces chastity as well as the equality of women. This is why Christianity has been able culturre prolong the social energy of anx culture. A Modern Correlative If the assumption is granted that every human society is capable of displaying social energy, then Unwin concludes “compulsory continence must be regarded as the immediate cause of a cultural advance.


Any extension of sexual opportunity must always be the immediate cause of a cultural decline. Then the same struggles took place; the same sentiments were expressed; the same changes were made; the same results ensued. Each society reduced its sexual opportunity to a minimum and, displaying great social energy, flourished greatly.

Then it extended its sexual opportunity; its energy decreased, and faded away.

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culturr The one outstanding feature of the whole story is its unrelieved monotony. He was at the top of his game as well as the top of the world.

However, when fame, fortune and power should have been an asset, his destructive sexual behavior began to unravel his life and led not only to a divorce but culgure to the self-destruction seex his golfing ability. There was a young promise of a golden future, then the fulfillment of dreams beyond reckoning, and then the long slide down paved with sexual misconduct and episodic eccentricities.

America has also enjoyed the glory of youth, filled with bravery and honor, as well as the fabulous heights of material success and the respect of the world. However, the sexual revolution of the 60’s and 70’s may well have initiated the three-generation slide mentioned by J.

In the November 13th, issue of Newsweek these changes are documented: A new, more permissive society is taking shape And, behind this expanding permissiveness is The first stage moves from bondage to spiritual faith. The second from spiritual faith to great courage.

The third stage moves from great courage to liberty. The fourth stage moves from liberty to abundance. The fifth stage moves from abundance to selfishness. The sixth stage moves from selfishness to complacency.

The eighth stage moves from apathy to moral decay. The ninth j.d.uniwn moves from moral decay to dependence. And the tenth and last stage moves from dependence to bondage.

Bondage is not far behind. Kerby Anderson then points out that this is the j.d.uniwn of every nation unless revival and reformation reverses the cycle. The book of Judges ssx the cycle that the Israelites went through as they turned away from God, and they are the same stages that America has gone through.

Our fate will be captivity and dispersion as well unless we redirect our energy back to a renewed relationship with God. Kerby Anderson also points out that the decline and fall of a nation usually comes from within.

In the first stage the people turn from God to idolatry. In our nation this idolatry is represented by the worship of money, position and power. In the end it only leads to emptiness and futility. The second stage is when men and women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. James Dobson shows how this trend toward homosexuality is j.c.unwin flourishing in a number of cultures today, much as it did in societies from the past such as Sodom and Gomorrah, and ancient Greece, as well as in Rome where it reached epidemic proportions.

Culfure and social anarchy result when cultures reject the word of the Living God. The fourth and final stage in this path of destruction is judgment. The society that practices immorality will bring condemnation upon itself and ssex ultimate judgment from God will be xex he gives them over to their sexual perversion. This progression from idolatry to sexual perversion to anarchy and finally to judgment is found throughout history.

Unwin documents it in his book as the movement from a deistic culture to a zoistic one, from an absolute monogamy to a modified one. It will also destroy this nation as well unless we heed the words of 2 Chronicles 7: