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1 Meghan Biba and Kaisa Newville

2 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

3 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

4 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.

5 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.

6 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.

7 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).

8 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

9 Act against nature Persecution Evidence of religious leaders being homosexual St. Thomas Aquinas- all acts other than vaginal intercourse is a sin

10 Pre-marital Sex Homosexuality Abortion Pornography Masturbation Contraception

11 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.

12 Views differ depending on denomination. – Judgmental, shunning anyone that struggles. – Preach acceptance and support gay marriage and clergy. – Love the sinner, hate the sin.

13 Most Christians believe it is murder. Conception is when a baby comes to life. Pro-life vs. Pro-choice

14 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.

15 Masturbation is a nearly universal act for guys and a common one for girls. Adultery Addiction Causes feelings of shame and confusion.

16 Why is this a controversial issue? – Sex is meant to create a baby. – Contraceptives stops Gods intentions for sex. Becoming more acceptable.

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18 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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20 Dickson, Adam. "Christian Sexual Ethics « The Progressive Prophet." The Progressive Prophet. 14 Mar Web. 1 Nov Gresh, Dannah. What Are You Waiting For?: the One Thing No One Ever Tells You about Sex. Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook, Print. Morton, David. "Sex In The Middle Ages: 10 Titillating Facts You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid to Ask - Oddee.com." A Blog on Oddities: the Odd, Bizarre and Strange Things of Our World! | Oddee.com. 20 Apr Web. 14 Nov Robinson, B. A. "Historical Abortion Beliefs of the Christian Church." ReligiousTolerance.org. Web. 20 Oct


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