The highly publicised debate over same-sex marriage presents a welcome opportunity to highlight the need for a more inclusive way of looking at human sexuality – and, specifically, the relationship between sexuality and spirituality.
The need is all the more pressing, as religious traditions often regard the sexual act as necessarily oriented toward procreation, or else as a sinful act. Either way, sexuality is seen as an obstacle to authentic spirituality.
However, sexuality was not always viewed thus, and nearly all religious traditions contain written sources that give us a more redeeming picture of the sexual act.
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