The Mania of 'All Sex is Sin'

the origins of the negative attitude to sex in the Catholic Church

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Greek Philosophy

400 BC - 200 AD

* Women are inferior by nature.
* Male and female were split into two genders.
* Women were created to punish men.


John's Gospel

ca 90 AD

Darkness and Light

Gnostic Religions

ca. 100 - 1400

body and sex are evil

Gnostic Gospel of Thomas

100 - 110 AD

Opposition of Spirit and Flesh


St Augustine

354 - 430 AD

* sex in marriage passes on original sin;
* sexual pleasure is wrong


Medieval Theologians

1000-1500 AD

* borrowed negative concepts from Augustine;
* based sexuality on presumed 'natural law'


Unchristian Practices


* purification after childbirth;
* belief in sex with devils & witch hunts


Papal Encyclicals

1900 - now

erroneous teaching:
etc., etc.




AMRUTHA. novel by John Wijngaards
how to escape outdated Christian sexual morality
The Christian Enjoyment of Sex Frequently Asked Questions
Fantasies Nakedness Contraceptives Guilt Homosexuality Masturbation
Is love simply sex? When is sex sinful? Periods
New Focus in Catholic Sexual Morality - academic sources Origin
of negative attitudes to sex

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