So, they wonder, how is it they are teaching about sexuality all the time? This is my way of pointing out the obvious. In US culture and many Christian traditions, sexuality education is defined very narrowly. We think of sexuality as something people do — particular acts — rather than as part of who we are and the way we live in relationship with others. Whether we know it or not, in our churches we are signaling attitudes about sexuality, teaching it, all the time.
Even Evangelical Teens Do It
Mark Regnerus' Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers.
Mark D. Regnerus, a research associate with the National Study of Youth and Religion NSYR , has published a book, Forbidden Fruit , which draws extensively on the NSYR survey and interview data, as well as other sources, to describe the sexual values and practices of American teenagers today, paying particular attention to how participating in organized religion shapes sexual decision-making. To order, please call Description of Book As is evident from contemporary debates about sex education, Americans remain deeply ambivalent about teenage sexuality. While many presume that such reticence is rooted in religion, how exactly religion contributes to the formation of teenagers' sexual values and behaviors has been poorly understood before now. Does religion really motivate the sexual choices of a significant segment of adolescent society?
Sex is not the Garden of Eden's forbidden fruit
Apples appear in many religious traditions , often as a mystical or forbidden fruit. One of the problems identifying apples in religion , mythology and folktales is that as late as the 17th century, the word "apple" was used as a generic term for all foreign fruit other than berries, but including nuts. For instance, when tomatoes were introduced into Europe, they were called "love apples". In some languages, oranges are called "golden apples" or "Chinese apples". Datura is called "thorn-apple".
Adultery from Latin adulterium is extramarital sex that is considered objectionable on social, religious, moral, or legal grounds. Although the sexual activities that constitute adultery vary, as well as the social, religious, and legal consequences, the concept exists in many cultures and is similar in Christianity , Judaism and Islam. Historically, many cultures considered adultery a very serious crime , some subject to severe punishment, usually for the woman and sometimes for the man, with penalties including capital punishment , mutilation , or torture.