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Morehouse School of Medicine

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William R. Stayton
Executive Director
Welcome to the “21st Century Challenges to Sexuality and Religion” conference website.

This seminar has been my dream for 35 years – bringing the fields of sexuality and religion into creative dialogue. Its purpose is to bring together individuals involved in sexuality and in religion to discuss (and hopefully integrate into curriculum) some of the vital challenges that face both the sexuality field and religious institutions.

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Stayton, William, M.Div., Th.D., Ph.D.
Turner, Yolanda, M.A.,
Doctoral Candidate
Wilson, Pam, MSW
Aguilar, Daniel Pascoe, M.Div., M.S., Doctoral Candidate
Pascoe, Sari, Ph.D.


Should Human Sexuality and Religion Naturally Be Enemies

Researchers have found that if you ask people to think about sex they were able to improve on analytical tasks, while asking them to think about love increased their creativity. What this goes to show is that when it comes to sex, people think in specific ways, while love is thought of in a more abstract manner. Other studies have shown that the tasks which require analytical thing tend to weaken religious beliefs, while thoughts of love strengthen it. It is for this reason that many believe most religions think of sex in a negative light, especially when it is not within the bounds of love.

This study was begun to prove the theory that there are two ways in which people are able to process information, either with broad strokes or specific attention to detail. It was also suggested that those who think about the long term future are less analytical because there are fewer details they know about what that future holds. This is opposed to those who focus on the present and all of the details that surround their daily lives.

Religious beliefs are fundamentally held in the part of the mind that is less analytical. It goes along with the same principle of trying to think about the future, if there is nothing concrete to validate the thoughts, then there is no reason to waste time in considering them. Since this is the same thinking that comes with sex, it can be concluded that sex purely for pleasure is at odds with religious beliefs.

Forbidden fruit --- Image by © Denis Scott/CORBIS

Forbidden fruit — Image by © Denis Scott/CORBIS

This possibility that thinking about sexual acts could weaken religious beliefs make it plausible to reason why many mainstream religions demonize sex, especially lust without love. Most modern religions teach that dwelling on lustful sexual thoughts is impure, and distracting on their spiritual growth. Even the act of taking some lube and self pleasuring sexually is considered sinful, making it obvious that this is not about trying to prevent pregnancy outside of marriage. More practical theologians would concur that it is better for a man to fulfill his sexual desires with an object like a fleshlight, rather than to seek the sexual comfort of a woman whom he does not love.

Older religions have a different view of sex, and in some the orgasm is considered to be a spiritual experience. This approach to sex and religion is more about loving the body that you were blessed with rather than considering natural tendencies to be the work of the devil.

There is a lot to consider when you think about your religious beliefs and where your own sexuality fits into them. Faith is your own, and when the time comes, you need to feel comfortable about the decisions and actions you took regarding your sexual encounters.

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