Presentation on theme: "Meghan Biba and Kaisa Newville. History of Christian Sexual Beliefs – General Views on Sex – Views on sex before marriage – Views on sex positions – Beliefs."— Presentation transcript:
Meghan Biba and Kaisa Newville
History of Christian Sexual Beliefs – General Views on Sex – Views on sex before marriage – Views on sex positions – Beliefs on chastity – Views on contraceptives – Abortion – Homosexuality Current Christian Sex Ethics Comparison of Religious Ethics Religion and Politics
Christian sex views were established in the Middle Ages. Early Middle Ages- Priests were allowed to marry and have children. Adultery and fornication= death Prostitution= a necessary sin
Sex was not an option unless married. Punishment for sex before marriage or adultery ranged from penance to death. Certain sexual positions were even restricted after marriage.
Christian Church listed which sexual positions were acceptable. Most acceptable to least acceptable – Missionary (most natural) – Side-by-side – Sitting – Standing – A tegro (from behind) No position was a sin but all besides missionary were considered morally wrong. Anal and oral sex= sin because they were only used for pleasure.
Celibacy was considered one of the ways to worship God. Believed women could become born-again virgins by confessing their sins, performing years of penance and spending the rest of their lives in a convent. Chastity Belt – worn over a womans vagina to prevent penetration.
Less concerned about contraceptive's than present day. Not a moral sin, but a moral issue. Early contraceptives – Some reference of condom usage; early condoms made of animal bladders and reused many times – Later were made of linen – Most commonly people resorted to coitus interuptus (pulling out).
Other religions of that time believed a mother could have an abortion and parents could even kill their newborns Before Christianity- belief that fetus had no soul until 40 days. Could have an abortion up until then. Ok if the baby didnt have human like features. Murder
Act against nature Persecution Evidence of religious leaders being homosexual St. Thomas Aquinas- all acts other than vaginal intercourse is a sin
Pre-marital Sex Homosexuality Abortion Pornography Masturbation Contraception
Sex is only acceptable with a marriage Before marriage, affection is restricted to intimate touches that dont cause temptation. Sexual impurity can be forgiven through confession.
Views differ depending on denomination. – Judgmental, shunning anyone that struggles. – Preach acceptance and support gay marriage and clergy. – Love the sinner, hate the sin.
Most Christians believe it is murder. Conception is when a baby comes to life. Pro-life vs. Pro-choice
70% of American men admit to viewing porn once a month. 1/3 of viewers of online porn sites are women. 1 of every 6 women is struggling with addiction to porn. Different views within the church.
Masturbation is a nearly universal act for guys and a common one for girls. Adultery Addiction Causes feelings of shame and confusion.
Why is this a controversial issue? – Sex is meant to create a baby. – Contraceptives stops Gods intentions for sex. Becoming more acceptable.
26% of churchgoers listed religion as a top priority when it came to their political views. Same Sex Marriage – 35% of churchgoers say that religion is a priority when it comes to their views on same sex marriage. Abortion
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