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About human sexuality


Topics of concern to many believers & secularists.

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There is an amazing diversity of beliefs about human sexuality among Christians, Jews, 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.

bullet On matters related to human sexuality, Americans tend to be polarized between social and religious conservatives and liberals/progressives.


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.

bullet 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.

bullet 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 unwanted pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection (STI) transmission, if the persons are sufficiently mature, and perhaps if it occurs within a committed relationship. 

bullet Almost all groups disapprove of sexual behavior that is non-consensual, manipulative, forced, or unsafe. However, there were once profoundly misogynistic religious traditions that required women to submit to being raped by their husband.

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Topics covered

bullet Definitions of terms:
bullet A glossary of sexual terms

bullet Sexual terms related to abuse of children and youth
bulletTeachings by various religious groups about human sexuality and engaging in sexual activity:
bullet Christianity:
bullet What did Jesus say about sex?

bullet How Christians' derive their beliefs about sex

bullet Church and Sexuality: A very turbulent relationship. An essay donated by Dean Akrill

bullet Changes in beliefs concerning women, slavery & homosexuality

bullet Teachings of the Roman Catholic Church

bullet Meanings of the Greek words "Pornea" and "Akatharsia" in the Bible

bullet What  the Bible says about:
bullet Homosexuality

bullet Same-sex marriage

bullet Eight biblical marriage/family types

bulletComparing beliefs of four Christian denominations, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism concerning specific sexual acts

Beliefs of two more faith groups: one liberal & one Neopagan. Summary. Openness to sexual discussion by evangelical Christians

bulletPreventing and ending pregnancies:
bullet Preventing and ending pregnancies using birth control (a.k.a. contraception) or abortifacients


Reducing the U.S. abortion rate by reducing unwanted pregnancies:

bullet Emergency contraceptives (EC), a.k.a. The "Morning After" Pill
bullet An essay donated by Bjorn Philip Beer: "A hard pill to swallow: Catholic contraception policy"
bullet Abortion:
bullet All aspects
bullet Pagan & Christian beliefs 400 BCE -1980 CE

bullet Evolution of Roman Catholic positions: Overview

bullet Current Roman Catholic church teaching

bullet Exceptions to the Roman Catholic ban on abortion

bullet Cases where the Catholic ban on abortion may cause, rather than prevent, death

bullet Current Christian beliefs

bullet Jewish beliefs
bullet Child sexual abuse:
bullet Pedophilia

bullet Child sexual abuse by clergy

bullet Sex offenders: retributive justice may increase danger to society

bullet What faith groups can do to alleviate child sexual abuse

bullet How children disclose sexual abuse

bullet Books dealing with child sexual abuse

bullet See also ritual abuse and Satanic ritual abuse hoaxes.
bullet Other sexual topics:

bullet Bisexuality

bullet Castratism: Catholic policy on castrating choir boys, ~1500 to 1903 CE


Circumcision:  The health benefits of circumcising males

bullet Contraceptives

bullet Homosexuality menu - all aspects

bullet Beliefs of various faith groups

bullet Same-sex marriage

bullet The HPV vaccine and cervical cancer

bullet Masturbation - all points of view

bullet Pre-marital sex

bullet Tantric sex

bullet Being transgender, transsexualism and gender identity
bullet Safer sex:Conflicts; the truth about safer sex
bullet Different beliefs about condoms

bullet Condom wars Disagreements over the effectiveness of condoms

bullet Objective information on condoms

bullet Resolving these differences in belief (Being written)

bullet Misinformation about sex-ed in Uganda
bullet Sex and the Internet
bullet 2000 to 2012: An attempt to create a safe place for kids on the Internet. (In three parts)

bullet Women's issues:
bullet Ordination of women

bullet Status of women

bullet Rape during wartime
bullet Youth issues:
bullet Conflicts and consensus on youth sexuality

bullet Results of some studies of interest to youth

bullet Sexual Abstinence/ virginity pledges

bullet Sex education in schools
bullet Comparing adolescent pregnancy and abortion rates: U.S. & Europe
bullet News:
bullet Human sexuality in the media

bulletReference material:
bullet Books discussing human sexuality. Books interpreting sexual passages in the Bible

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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.

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  1. "American Religious Identification Survey," by The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, at:

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Latest update: 2019-MAY-11
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