About human sexuality
Topics of concern to many believers & secularists.
There is an amazing diversity of beliefs about human sexuality among
Muslims, the followers of other faith groups, and
those who are not affiliated with any organized religion. Many faith groups seem obsessed with sex and gender matters.
||On matters related to human sexuality, Americans tend to be polarized between social and religious conservatives and
Beliefs about human sexuality differ widely and are generally influenced greatly by an individual's religious affiliation:
- Followers of the liberal wings of all religions generally hold beliefs which are largely based on scientific studies.
Secularists -- Agnostics, Atheists, Free Thinkers, Humanists, NOTAs
(None of the Above; unaffiliated with a religon) etc. -- hold beliefs similar to liberals.
- Followers of the conservative wings of all religions generally base their beliefs about sexuality upon their interpretation of passages from their holy books.
||Conservatives from all religions tend to agree that only
opposite-gender sexual behavior is moral, and then only between a man and a
woman who are married to each other.
||Religious liberals are also largely in agreement among themselves, and
tend to value sexual behavior as acceptable if it is consensual, at a low risk for
pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmission, if the persons are sufficiently mature, and perhaps if it occurs within a committed relationship.
||Almost all groups disapprove of sexual behavior that is non-consensual,
manipulative, forced, or unsafe. However, there were some profoundly misogynistic religious traditions that required women to submit to being raped by their husband.
||Definitions of terms:|
|Teachings by various religious groups about human sexuality and engaging in sexual activity:|
|Preventing and ending pregnancies:|
||Child sexual abuse:|
||Other sexual topics:|
||Safer sex:Conflicts; the truth about safer sex|
All information is general in nature and is not intended to be used as a
substitute for appropriate professional advice. If you have any questions of a
medical or legal nature, we strongly recommend that you contact a physician, sex
information center, or lawyer.
"American Religious Identification Survey," by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York,
Copyright © 1997 to 2014, by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2014-JUL-07
Author: B.A. Robinson