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Sexual Ethics
Religion in the Bedroom

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Sexuality and faith are deeply personal parts of our identities.

Religious beliefs can strongly influence sexual expression and behavior. For that reason, what's deemed moral and immoral, appropriate or inappropriate in bed (and with whom) can vary greatly from person to person.

Sex is always a hot button issue. In this collection, Patheos writers from numerous faiths and orientations put sexual ethics under a microscope.


Most Recent Stories

In Case No One Told You, Rape Is a Sin

In Case No One Told You, Rape Is a Sin

Mary Pezzulo

You can kill someone in self-defense. You can steal because you’re starving. But you can’t rape for a good reason. Rape is always a mortal sin.

Despite Bathroom Outrage, America Still Unmoved by Sexual Assault

Despite Bathroom Outrage, America Still Unmoved by Sexual Assault

Matthew Facciani

If enough people really cared about sexual assault in our country, then we wouldn’t have the terrible story of Brock Turner.

How Do You Teach Your Boys Not To Rape?

How Do You Teach Your Boys Not To Rape?

Dr. Greg

It is a remarkable question. But, I believe there is a simple and solid answer.

Brock Turner and the Sanitation of Rape Culture

Brock Turner and the Sanitation of Rape Culture

Erin Wathen

I don't know which part of this story is the most horrifying: the victim-blaming father, or the 'there-there, boy, you'll get your life back after this' attitude of the judge.

The Radical Reverse Engineering of Pope Francis

The Radical Reverse Engineering of Pope Francis

Marc Barnes

What Anyone Says About Same-Sex Attraction will sell more effectively than What Anyone Says About the Divine Image Present in the Family, Amoris Laetitia is a recipe for reduction.

Amoris Laetitia Needs to Give Sinners More Stick, Less Carrot

Amoris Laetitia Needs to Give Sinners More Stick, Less Carrot

Melinda Selmys

Christ, and with Him the Church, recognize that these different souls need different kinds of care, and that calling someone to holiness is not always a matter of employing the rod.

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Is "Amoris Laetitia" Comfort Food for the Hungry Flock?

Lisa Duffy

I've always loved the fact that Pope Francis is not afraid to shine the light on the real and difficult problems families these days face.

Pope Francis Says Same-Sex Relationships Are Not the Same as Marriage

Pope Francis Says Same-Sex Relationships Are Not the Same as Marriage

Hemant Mehta

Today, Pope Francis released his long-awaited Amoris Laetitia—his take on many of the social issues currently dividing Catholics.

The Pope's Exhortation, A Parish Priest's Perspective

The Pope's Exhortation, A Parish Priest's Perspective

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

Perhaps all the armchair critics should have the dignity and self respect to listen to the pope and seek to learn from him.

Why Is It Always MEN Who Cheat?

Why Is It Always MEN Who Cheat?

Shaunti Feldhahn

First of all, it is not always men who look at porn, hide things and cheat. Women do too.

More Commentary

Anti-Sex Dogma Can't Fail, It Can Only Be Failed

Anti-Sex Dogma Can't Fail, It Can Only Be Failed

Adam Lee

I don't consider the Ashley Madison client list newsworthy, but I'll make an exception for fundamentalists who police other people's sex lives.

Islamic Lecturer Found in Ashley Madison Hack

Islamic Lecturer Found in Ashley Madison Hack

Hemant Mehta

Hamza Tzortzis, a Muslim lecturer for the Islamic Education and Research Academy, explains how his information was found in the data.

"Time's Up": On Ashley Madison: The Morality of Vigilante Hacking

Kyle Roberts

Technology is powerful, complicated, and dangerous.

Perfect Scandal: Why Good Role Models Are Bad

Perfect Scandal: Why Good Role Models Are Bad

Melinda Selmys

I think that this is an opportunity to talk about the kind of low-level, everyday hypocrisy that we encounter within Christian communities.

The Ashley Madison Leak and the Church's Response

The Ashley Madison Leak and the Church's Response

Kyle Roberts

It will be important to remember that it's by grace we are saved, not by our works.

Guidelines for a Holistic Sexual Ethic

Guidelines for a Holistic Sexual Ethic

Sarah Moon

Here are four basic guidelines that everyone should consider when forming personal sexual ethics.

The Consequences of 'No'

The Consequences of 'No'

Leah Libresco

Once you're thinking in terms of lessening the consequences of no for the person you're hoping says yes, you can do some generally useful things.

The Crushing Burden of Religious Sex Guilt

The Crushing Burden of Religious Sex Guilt

Adam Lee

Christianity, Islam and other religions try to keep people ignorant as long as possible about sex. Unsurprisingly, this rarely works and results in pain, embarrassment, and guilt.

Love Doesn't Always Find a Way

Love Doesn't Always Find a Way

Nornoriel Lokason

As someone who has written erotica, is a BDSM practitioner, and a survivor of sexual assault, I find Fifty Shades of Grey offensive. But there's something else about it that offends me more.

A Force Only Jesus Christ Can Undo

A Force Only Jesus Christ Can Undo

Owen Strachan

It's not just a film. It's a representation of the new sexual progressivism and its amoral worldview.