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April 21, 2006

A Religious Sex Shop

daniel.baker on April 30, 2006 09:58 AM EST writes:
What it comes down to is that sexual ethics, as taught in the New Testament, are anachronistic in 21st century america. But for people who are committed to living their christian beliefs in a consistent way, sexual purity is an integral part of life. I guess from that perspective it is pretty hilarious.

I agree that various church teachings over the years re: sex have been "twisted" and "weird." When I talk about a christian understanding of human sexuality I'm not talking about church teachings, I'm talking about what is written in the New Testament.
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Lopez on April 25, 2006 04:12 PM EST writes:
Ever done marriage counseling? The major problems are money, sex, children, religion, usually in that order. Anyone can do it? What's good enough for other mammals is good enough for us? I think many expect more of God and religion and their marriage partner than that.
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Julia M. on April 24, 2006 01:21 AM EST writes:
"...anyone who's ever put something inside anything can probably figure out the basics of intercourse."

Gosh, Daniel, you sound like a barrell of fun in the sack...
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Fr. Richard on April 24, 2006 12:13 AM EST writes:
Show of hands. Who wants to have a rational discussion with Daniel on the Christian idea of sexual purity? Going once, twice, three times... Sorry, Daniel.

But seriously, I didn't find this offensive. Kind of goofy and odd, at times funny.

But the concept's OK. Christianity has always had a way of twisting human sexuality into something weird and often comic. Many teachings about sex have had little to do with God, and a lot to do with property ownership, purity laws, and bad biology.

Eg, Augustine misunderstood physiology, the basis for his theological system. He thought sperm carried sin, and human life, and was transmitted from man to woman via sin. So, if you took man's seed out of the picture, and had the Holy Spirit transmit sinless seed, Mary could produce a sinless child. Virgins were considered sinless because folks then didn't know that woman contributed to reproduction, namely their eggs. If they had known this, would we've ever had "virgin birth" teachings?
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daniel.baker on April 23, 2006 10:51 PM EST writes:
"This is somewhat like expecting a first-grader to become an instant expert in quantum physics"

You're kidding, right? Sex is not that difficult -- anyone who's ever put something inside anything can probably figure out the basics of intercourse. I understand that satire sometimes demands hyperbole, but it sounds (at best) ignorant, at worst spiteful to disrespect someone's moral choices with this kind of rhetoric. You don't agree with the christian idea of sexual purity? That's great! But you eliminate rational discussion of the topic when it becomes a big joke. Are some christians sexual novices when they get married? Who cares?!? What's the real issue here? What's the serious criticism behind the mocking tone? Let me know, I'd be interested in that discussion.
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