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Re: [LS] Fwd: diarmid mccullough on church and sexual morality



> http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/04/christian_love_and_sex.html
> 
> The great Oxford historian of Christianity writes:
> 
> What constitutes Christian love amid the sweaty delights of sex? Organized
> religion always takes an interest in sex, usually so it can tidy people's
> sexual lives into some easily-managed pattern. The Vatican's traditional
> emphasis is that God commands humans to  procreate. Good sex has the
> potential to produce children; bad sex is  everything else. Bad sex
> includes heterosexual acts involving  contraceptives; masturbation; gay
> sex acts of all sorts. The equation  of sex and procreation remained
> convincing for centuries because  contraceptive devices were expensive,
> unreliable and even more comic  in appearance than they are now. Now,
> however, readily available  contraception has transformed the way in which
> human beings use and  experience sex. Sex has always been fun:
> contraception has shown that  the fun can be detached from the possibility
> of having children. The  Christian tradition is now faced with the reality
> that pleasure and  procreation are two separate purposes of sexuality, and
> many parts of  the Christian Church, especially the Vatican, are baffled
> and angry.

The Vatican may hold first rights to the bafflement, but not an exclusive
franchise.

For more than 300 years in good fiction and drama, whether American or
British, novelists have known how to introduce comic relief into serious
sexual situations by having a clergy person arrive as a marked incompetent.
(Oscar Wilde was especially convincing in creating such characters.)

Did the clergy earn their reputation as people out of touch with what goes
on the sexual real world, or was it just a vast conspiracy on the part of
writers to get back at authoritarians in their own upbringing?

Aside from Fielding's AMELIA it is hard to think of a successful novel
completely focused on marriage, and AMELIA itself is boring when compared
with the author's TOM JONES.

Most heterosexual literature celebrates adultery, not marriage.  Significant
exceptions are those that celebrate courtship, usually with plenty of
fornication thrown in for good measure.

Louie





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