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The Spirituality of Sex


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

God Has a Reason: A Biblical View of Human Sexuality and Sex

God Has a Reason: A Biblical View of Human Sexuality and 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.

Sex-Obsessed: How the Church's Hyper-fixation on Sex Has Distracted Us from Being Like Jesus

Sex-Obsessed: How the Church's Hyper-fixation on Sex Has Distracted Us from Being Like Jesus

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.

Can Godless Sex Be a

Can Godless Sex Be a "Spiritual" Experience?

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.

Human Sexuality and Justice Between the Sheets

Human Sexuality and Justice Between the Sheets

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).

What Did C.S. Lewis Think About the Spirituality of Sex?

What Did C.S. Lewis Think About the Spirituality of Sex?

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.

Sex for Christians: Self-Giving and Sanctifying

Sex for Christians: Self-Giving and Sanctifying

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.

Sex and Authentic Desire: What Do You Really Want?

Sex and Authentic Desire: What Do You Really Want?

Matt Jenson, Instructor, Biola University

Celibate singles are particularly well-situated to recognize desires for what they are: clues, bread crumbs, doorways, signposts.

Human Sexuality: Defined by the Mystery of the Trinity

Human Sexuality: Defined by the Mystery of the Trinity

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.

What I Believe About Sex

What I Believe About Sex

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.

Sex, Privilege, and Catholic Social Teaching

Sex, Privilege, and Catholic Social Teaching

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?

Erotic Religion: The Body and Sex for Wiccans and Pagans

Erotic Religion: The Body and Sex for Wiccans and Pagans

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.

Sexuality: Part of the Imago Dei

Sexuality: Part of the Imago Dei

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.

Islam, Sexual Ethics, and Community Conversations

Islam, Sexual Ethics, and Community Conversations

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.

A Post-Tinder Spirituality of Sex

A Post-Tinder Spirituality of Sex

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.

Sex and Life in the Spirit

Sex and Life in the Spirit

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.

Why Christians Are Getting Sex Wrong (and How to Make It Right)

Why Christians Are Getting Sex Wrong (and How to Make It Right)

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.

Commentary From Our Blogging Community

Our Sexual Witness, by Sara Barton

Our Sexual Witness, by Sara Barton

Scot McKnight

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...]

Does Misogyny Lead to Unhealthy Sexuality?

Does Misogyny Lead to Unhealthy Sexuality?

Nadiah Mohajir

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...]

5 Harmful Religious Ideas I Had to Unlearn about Sex

5 Harmful Religious Ideas I Had to Unlearn about Sex

Tim King

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.

Get Ready for the Polyamory Movement

Get Ready for the Polyamory Movement

Erin Wathen

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.

Christian and Sexually Empowered

Christian and Sexually Empowered

Guest Contributor

I believe embracing sexual empowerment is absolutely vital to having a healthy, thriving marriage.

Good Christian Sex: Not an Oxymoron

Good Christian Sex: Not an Oxymoron

Erin Wathen

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...]

Sex Speaks

Sex Speaks

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...]