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  The Biblical Source of Western Sexual Morality
Moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre argues at length that practical rationality varies from tradition to tradition; what is rational behavior in one tradition is not necessarily rational in an alien tradition.[2] Some schools of French historiography, influenced by anthropological methods, have similarly emphasized the uniqueness of each culture's "structures of consciousness".
In essence, Christian sexual morality consists of two sets of boundaries: God completely forbids certain sexual acts, and even the licit sexual union of a man and woman is permitted only within the context of marriage.
Though the normal sexual behavior of ancient men might have been quite banal, in the ritual all boundaries are erased; the particular acts became insignificant, and in the ritual any conception of sinful sexual behavior was lost in the "genetic frenzy".
www.lectlaw.com /files/sex01.htm   (3512 words)

 Christian Morality - A Summary of Sexual Morality and Life Issues - Kelly Bowring - Catholic Faith - July/August 1999
Intentional sexual arousal is meant to prepare the body for sexual intercourse and thus for its own sake is disordered and lacks its proper end and good.
The moral judgment of the Church is directed toward homosexual acts and not toward the homosexual condition, though one must keep in mind that homosexual inclinations are “objectively disordered.”7 Homosexual acts are clearly regarded as intrinsically evil in Scripture (cf.
Although not directly related to sexual ethics and chastity education, suicide and euthanasia are pertinent topics of morality among high school students, and concern the sacredness of life in general.
www.catholic.net /rcc/Periodicals/Faith/Jul-Aug99/Morality.html   (2680 words)

 TEDS Bridge - © 2001, Trinity International University (v. 1.04)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This means the problem for sexual morality has less to do with justifying specific kinds of behavior as it does with overcoming the "illusion" of separation.
Sexual pagans believe spirituality, morality and sexuality are all the same thing, and so they assume sexual passion itself is what generates the morality of sexual on the spiritual level.
And, finally, we agree when sexual pagans say sexual morality depends on the spiritual power that runs the universe, decides the destiny of our souls, and determines the morality of human conduct.
www.tiu.edu /bridge/BRIDGE-FALL2001/Paganmorality.htm   (996 words)

 Scott, Jacqueline. Changing attitudes to sexual morality: a cross-national comparison. Sociology v32, n4
Indeed, the term "sexual revolution" was coined at least forty years earlier to describe the changing sexual mores and behaviour of the 1920s and has been used to describe different periods throughout the intervening years (Martin 1996).(1) The term 'revolution' is charged with meaning and implies a purposive overthrow of traditional sexual morality.
Certainly, when it comes to sexual morality, there is likely to be quite a gulf between attitude and practice and even when the two are related, it is not clear which causes which.
In Britain, the moral conservatism was more secular, but the political intentions of the Thatcher regime were very similar to the Reagan-Bush agenda.(4) The AIDS crisis provided the fear factor that gave the conservative cause an immense boost, although, by the 1990s, the fear seems to have somewhat dispelled.
zhurnal.lib.ru /j/john_l/extra4.shtml   (9945 words)

 Sexual Morality: A Personal Imperative
Conjugal morality means accepting the rules laid down by God for us to follow in the use of those faculties which the Church has always taught to be so noble and so great because of the mission given the family to prepare new citizens not only for this world but also for eternity.
When we have to defend morality, it is not enough to try to help people live personally in conformity with God's will; it is also our duty to see to it, as much as we can, that our culture be faithful to the laws of God on sexual morality.
When we talk of sexual morality, we usually refer to conjugal morality, to those acts and practices, which are licit and in conformity with the law of God in marriage.
www.catholic.net /RCC/Periodicals/Faith/0506-96/article5.html   (6828 words)

 Standards of Sexual Morality
Sexual intimacy is reserved for the marriage relationship and is approved and blessed by God only in that state.
Sexual immorality and impurity include not only forbidden intercourse or consummated acts, but also involve any act of sexual gratification with another person other than one's marriage partner, achieved by uncovering or exploring the nakedness of that person.
The contemporary teaching that sexual intimacy among 'committed" unmarried youth and adults is acceptable as long as it stops short of full sexual union is contrary to the holiness of God and the Biblical standard of purity.
members.cox.net /rev.claude/stdy34.htm   (925 words)

 Sexual Morality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In discussing sexual morality it is worthwhile to examine the intent of sex and how morality, that is behavior valued by and acceptable to the majority of society, determines how we practice sexual behaviors.
Sexual Harrassement 1.11 is a directive for the ethical codes of conduct as set forth by the American Psychological Association, including behavioral guidelines, the use of language and respect for the rights of others.
The Sexual Revolution of the 60s presents a history of the birth and evolution of the movement that promoted the freedom of sexual expression, and a break from social rules which regulated and restricted the sexuality of both men and women.
www.umm.maine.edu /resources/beharchive/bexstudents/MardiGay/mgay360.html   (3238 words)

 Sexual Morality FAQ | Turnabout   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A moral view that brings sexual relations into a publicly recognized order that supports such unions by defining what sex is, and which sexual acts and relationships are legitimate, is therefore a necessity.
Moral standards that relate to basic aspects of human life are necessarily social as well as individual because they establish understandings and coordinate actions in ways needed for certain goods are to be achieved.
Acceptance of traditional sexual morality is loyalty to a way of life that makes possible trust and loyalty between the sexes and generations and so a life worthy of a human being.
jkalb.org /book/view/6   (7266 words)

 The Liberal Arts and Sexual Morality
Though the graph of the decline of the two venerable traditions of liberal education and sexual morality is nearly identical, it would be the fallacy of “post hoc ergo propter hoc” to conclude that they are therefore casually connected.
The roots of the sexual revolution are not merely a new morality, a nonconformity to social law, but a new philosophy, a new “big picture.” As the quotation from C. Lewis shows, we have become subjectivists, egotists—in relation to matter, nature, the body, sex, and women.
That is the justification for all morality, both the morality of honest education and scholarship (that is, nonaborted, nonraped, noncontracepted scholarship) and the parallel morality of honest sexuality.
www.crisismagazine.com /april2003/feature2.htm   (3224 words)

 Focus on Social Issues - Colorado Statement on Biblical Sexual Morality (full)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
What’s more, the sexual relationship is invested with a profound significance in that it brings together a man and a woman within the context of the shared image of God (Gen. 1:27).
Thus we affirm that God established the moral definition of marriage, and that it should not be changed according to the dictates of culture, tradition, or personal preference.
We deny that the morality of marriage is a matter of mere custom, or that it should be allowed to shift with the tide of cultural opinion or social practice.
www.family.org /cforum/fosi/abstinence/bv/a0028508.cfm   (2153 words)

 Religious Declaration on Human Sexual Morality
Human sexual (genital) behavior is intended by God to be expressed solely within the confines of heterosexual, monogamous marriage.
Sexual intercourse is to be the same giving act that it represents - which is Jesus Christ's union with His Bride, the Church.
We are speaking out against the impression being given by a minority of religious and media figures that their version of sexual morality is consistent with the biblical witness and/or accepted by the Church.
masteringlife.gospelcom.net /declaration/declaration.htm   (1137 words)

 BIBLICAL SEXUAL MORALITY   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Human morality has changed, and human laws have been repealed, but God has not amended His Word.
A fornicator is one who violates God's law and becomes "sexually active" without the benefit of marriage.
An adulterer is a married person who violates the sanctity of the marriage bond by becoming "sexually involved" with someone other than his mate.
users.aol.com /libcfl/moral.htm   (573 words)

 Sexual Morality, the Family, the Bible, and Christians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Others justify sexual relations for those who are just dating, as long as they "care for one another" and "have a meaningful relationship." Still others get married and then cheat on their spouse.
The sexual relationship in the second marriage is adultery, and it will continue to be adultery every time they have the sexual relationship, because God has still "joined" them to their first spouse and He will not "put asunder" that bond.
Specifically, in sexual matters, the Bible shows that, not only is it wrong to commit the physical act of fornication or adultery, it is also wrong to dwell on that act in our mind, desiring to do it with someone we are not married to.
www.biblestudylessons.com /cgi-bin/gospel_way/sexual_morality.php   (4580 words)

 Chapter Three: The Islamic Sexual Morality (2) Its Structure   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Sexual desire is aroused in human beings at the age of puberty.
Since the sexual urge begins at puberty and as Islam says that sexual urge should be fulfilled only through marriage, it has allowed marriage as soon as the boy and the girl reach the age of puberty.
The moral bankruptcy of the West is clearly evident in the present trend where some Christian churches are willing to consider modifying the Biblical moral values to accommodate the whims of those who want to justify their immoral behavior!
www.al-islam.org /m_morals/chap3.htm   (4419 words)

 Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing
We are called today to see, hear, and respond to the suffering caused by violence against women and sexual minorities, the HIV pandemic, unsustainable population growth and over-consumption, and the commercial exploitation of sexuality.
Full inclusion of women and sexual minorities in congregational life, including their ordination and the blessing of same sex unions.
Sexuality counseling and education throughout the lifespan from trained religious leaders.
www.religiousinstitute.org /declaration.html   (431 words)

 Cases on Sexual Morality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
She first had sexual intercourse at age 13 and was sexually active until she was 19 with a variety of male partners, some who were "boyfriends" and others who were more casual acquaintances.
After a period of intense sexual activity her first year in college, Ann decided that such activity did not promote her desire to develop a lasting, lifetime relationship with some special man who would be her husband.
She decides not to have sexual intercourse until she has found that man. A month ago she met Pedro and began to date him.
www.su.edu /faculty/bpennhol/Phil150.Sexcases.html   (287 words)

 Michael Tooley's Philosophy Home Page
For compare the claim that sexual activity is intrinsically wrong unless the goal is reproduction with the claim that drinking beer is intrinsically wrong unless it is aimed at reproduction.
The present argument, however, involves the claim that sexual behavior that does not aim at reproduction is intrinsically wrong, and what this means is that such sexual behavior is wrong in itself, even if it does not lead to bad consequences.
This means in turn that since sexual activity that does not have reproduction as its object does not necessarily result in children who will not be properly cared for, or in the transmission of diseases, these factors cannot be relevant to such behavior's being intrinsically wrong.
spot.colorado.edu /~tooley/Lecture12.html   (2492 words)

 Crosswalk.com - Leaders take a stand on sexual morality
The idea that people have the right to choose their "own methods" of sexual expression is "rebellion" against God, it says.
It is sponsored by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, a sex-education group.
Pastors, Christian counselors, and ministry leaders who wish to add their names to the list of signers can go to the site and click on the Religious Declaration on Human Sexual Morality logo and on "Offer Your Endorsement." Click on "The Declaration" to read the text of the statement.
www.learnathome.com /524046.html   (466 words)

 Morality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Morality and Conscience Pastoral letter by Bishop John R. Keating of Arlington, Virginia.
Ethical Questions Relating to Sexual Morality And The Catholic Tradition By Yuri Josef Koszarycz, Senior Lecturer in Religion Studies, Department of Theology, Australian Catholic University (McAuley Campus, Brisbane).
Nutrition and Hydration: Moral and Pastoral Reflections Issued by the Committee for Pro-Life Activities of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops on April 1992.
www.shc.edu /theolibrary/moral.htm   (2640 words)

 Amazon.ca: Books: Sexual Morality in the World's Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
As morality is widely understood as sexual practices in various religions, this work provides the reader with a successful insight into the views of different religions throughout the world.
As you read you come to understand that sexual practices incorporated in religious rules arise generally from the need to reproduce and to protect the child in a world full of hazards for the weak.
You also understand that regarding the woman as inferior is a practice deeply rooted in the world's cultures through centuries, and that the enlightenment of today may only be an initial step for women in a struggle to be regarded as equals.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/1851681086   (431 words)

 Rethinking Sexual Morality   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Donal Dorr’s "Rethinking Sexual Morality;" in our age of shallow appreciation of creation and intense clerical crisis I continue to study the mystery of human sexuality.
Born in an Irish Victorian era Roman Catholic community in 1928 and deprived as a fatherless child of any sexual training, I was ordained priest in 1954 in a vacuum of sexual ignorance that had been furthered by 12 years of puritanical Jansanistic seminary.
Dorr for his attempt; In March Sean O'Conaill an outspoken retired school teacher and parent of four from North Ireland will speak in California, addressing "a church without clergy" and "how is it that the bishops alone speak officially for the people." Sean and I can not speak in "official" roman places.
www.corpuscanada.org /203/032dorr.html   (662 words)

 Explaining Christian Sexual Morality
Christian sexual morality is mostly positive, not negative.
So the criterion of all sexual behavior is not merely whether it violates a "thou shalt not" – it’s also whether it’s on track relative to God’s plan.
In today’s popular culture, sexual intercourse has nothing to do with marriage, family, or childbearing; pregnancy is viewed as a misfortune that you catch like the chickenpox.
covingtoninnovations.com /tough/tough8.html   (2002 words)

 Brain Fertilizer: Sexual Morality
The moral compromises Christians make on this issue are usually the first step Christians take in watering down their faith and disregarding the teachings of Jesus and the plan God has for us.
Punishing children for masturbating, exploring their bodies, and expressing their natural sexual curiosity is wrong, and I feel sorry for any child who is forced into fear and supression.
A man with his finger inside a woman not his wife may have nothing sexual about it at all if he is her gynecologist, and I certainly doubt that would be sinful.
brain.mu.nu /archives/034949.php   (2840 words)

 Michael Williams -- Master of None: Sexual Morality Notation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
As an engineer, I like to be precise, and when it comes to slippery moral questions like sexual behavior it can be difficult for two people to reach a common understanding of each other's position because of mixed backgrounds and expectations.
Posted by: Michael Williams at May 12, 2005 11:44 PM I would argue that as as teenagers and children have become increasingly active they are making a clear distinction between third and fourth base.
When you say, "how far sexual activity should be allowed to go," perhaps you meant it merely on a personal level, rather than a universal one.
www.mwilliams.info /archives/005681.php   (1207 words)

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