Two Become One, Two Become Three:: Pleasure and Procreation in Christian Understandings of Sex

Thursday, 07 Jun 2007

The gospel is good news for humans as sexual beings. The Bible affirms sexuality as created good by God and speaks of the profound union of man and woman in the words "the two shall become one flesh" (Gen. 2:24). Marital love is generative, and children are an expression of human love and divine blessing (Ps. 127:3-5). Yet as R. J. Levis has noted, "Puzzling cross-currents of opinion have characterized the Christian approach to sex, love, and marriage from the beginning." I hope to show that some common assumptions regarding the history of Christian thought on ...

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