Every religious tradition has rules—spoken and unspoken—around sexuality, and sacred texts come into play as these rules are navigated in dating and marriage. What does your faith tradition really say about the meaning of our sexuality and sexual activity? What role does sex play in the life of the spirit?
The Spirituality of Sex
Rob Armstrong, Senior Pastor, New Union Baptist Church, Dayton, TN
Human sexuality and sex are purposed for God's glory, personal pleasure and satisfaction, and the procreation of the world.
Kristy Bay, Instructor of Religion, Lincoln Memorial University
There is so much need in the world—so much hurt and so much pain. What we don't need is one more Christian discussion on the rules for sex to distract us.
Neil Carter, Atheist Blogger, "Godless in Dixie"
Atheists may chafe at the term "spirituality," but even the godless can appreciate the self-transcending pleasure of sexual experience.
Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies, Iliff School of Theology, Colorado
Frustrating our ability today to interpret a pro-sex, pro-body interpretation of the biblical text is the false dichotomy created between the sacred (spirit) and what was defined as profane (the body).
Monika Hilder, Professor of English, Trinity Western University, BC
The real problem of sexuality, argues Lewis, is related to how "seriously" we take it. If we make a religion out of love, we will regard the experience of "being in love" as a law unto itself.
Wesley Hill, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, PA
If the early Christians shocked Rome by their refusal to worship Caesar, they were equally shocking in their refusal to worship sex.
Matt Jenson, Instructor, Biola University
Celibate singles are particularly well-situated to recognize desires for what they are: clues, bread crumbs, doorways, signposts.
Peter Jones, Associate Pastor at New Life Presbyterian, CA, and Director of truthXchange
In the creation of human sexuality God, as Creator and Redeemer, reveals something of himself as both different from us, yet intimately related to us. In revealing himself, he defines us.
Jeana Jorgenson, College Instructor in Anthropology, Folklore, and Gender Studies
A folklorist, a sex educator, and an atheist walk into a bar... they're all me, and this gives me a unique perspective on what sex means.
Jason King, Professor of Theology, St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
What can be done about the dominance of the callous hookup culture of Tinder, especially since the majority of people don't want it or practice it?
Christine Kraemer, Theology and Religious History Instructor, Cherry Hill Seminary
For Wiccans, witches, and many other Pagans, the sexual body is a site of religious practice, a place where we meet divinity flesh to flesh and heart to heart.
Bromleigh McCleneghan, Associate Pastor, Union Church of Hinsdale, Illinois
The purpose of life is more life, not playing by the rules at all costs, out of fear or self-righteousness.
Nadiah Mohajir, Co-founder and Executive Director of HEART Women & Girls
Though Islam is a sex-positive faith, many Muslim scholars reinforce cultural and patriarchal stereotypes about female sexuality and pass them off as Islamic guidance.
Tim Muldoon, Visiting Associate Professor, Boston College
A true spirituality of sex is fundamentally contemplative: a long, loving look at the real, the person in all his or her coexisting beauty and flaws.
Chelle Stearns, Associate Professor of Theology, The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
If my body is truly the temple of the Holy Spirit, then my sexuality is an opportunity for spiritual formation rather than an aspect of my life to be shamed and hidden.
Ashley Willis, Author, Co-Founder of the Marriage and Family Foundation, Blogger
We can't blame the world for over-sexing our kids when we've practically taken ourselves out of the driver's seat and handed the world the keys.
By Sara Barton. Sara is the University Chaplain at Pepperdine University, where she pastors, preaches, and leads a delightful and capable staff of ministers. She and her husband, John, live in an empty nest these days while their daughter Brynn is a college student and their son Nate is newly married to Falon. Sara’s book, [Read More...]
by Sobia Ali-Faisal To best understand the relationship between misogyny and sexual health I’ll begin this piece with a comprehensive definition for each term. Misogyny: “[M]isogyny is primarily a property of social systems or environments as a whole, in which women will tend to face hostility of various kinds because they are women [Read More...]
My Pentecostal background was not as extreme as Kim Davis’s, but I did grow up with a number of harmful ideas about sex that made my life less worth living. Here are five.
While our evangelical counterparts debate the merits of egalitarian or complementarian marriage, the fringe of the mainline church is engaging the question of whether or not monogamous marriage is inherently problematic and patriarchal. Get ready for the polyamory movement, folks. It's not merely coming. It's here.
I believe embracing sexual empowerment is absolutely vital to having a healthy, thriving marriage.
Guest Post, by Bromleigh McCleneghan Last spring, I told the committee that hired me as the new associate pastor that I was writing a book about sex, both in the interest of full-disclosure and as a bit of self-defense. They couldn’t complain later if they didn’t complain initially, right? They didn’t complain. They are lovely. Though [Read More...]
David and Constantino Khalaf
Chances are that, when you think of a Christian couple saving sex for marriage, two healthy gay guys in their late 30s are not the people who come to mind. Yet that was us. Not because we think ourselves purer-than-thou, and not because we think sex is dirty or bad. We don’t care for legalism. [Read More...]