According to Potts & Short (1999) the core social arrangement within the institution of the family is the marital relationship. The right to engage in sexual activity is a defining characteristic of marriage in all cultures; at the same time, marriage limits sexuality, separating the couple from all other sexually active adults in the society. The aim of this investigation is to compare and contrast western culture with developing countries. Within this investigation, an analysis of cultural restrictions and oppressive regulation influence sexuality of the population. I also aim to touch on the subgroups of love and marriage in a variation of cultural constructs.
We have many pressure groups lobbying governments to accept all form of sexuality as a natural issue on one hand, while the religious movements on the other hand are also pressuring governments to not recognize any form of sexuality other than that which is believed to be conventional sexuality (attraction to the opposite sex). There are various aspects that are to be taken into consideration, which will be observed and analyzed in this essay. I will interject my own analysis of the evidence and ideas, which I believe to be most valid in determining the nature/nurture debate of sexuality. Social construction of sex, gender, and sexuality I believe it is very important to understand the social construction of sex, gender and sexuality. Most people cannot differentiate the difference between sex and gender.
In addition, there has been a growing emphasis placed on equal rights. These two movements have contributed to keeping the argument for same-sex marriage in the forefront. There are people who believe that although progress has been made, Christian values are still an obstacle for the progress that needs to take place and Brittney Baker is one of them. She compares and contrasts the relationship between the religious and gay community’s attitudes towards same-sex marriage. She puts forth rebuttals to many of the typical arguments for prohibiting same-sex marriage.
One of the most used arguments about the issue is that God says that same-sex interactions (marriage, sex, lesbian, homosexual acts) are abominations. How could it be an abomination if people are being themselves? Why would God only hate homosexuals if it says that he loves everyone? The fact that homosexuals will threaten religion is wrong. Religions has always been supported as the fundamental reliable source of truth which was supported and promoted by the Roman Catholic church, René Descartes the French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician challenged the churches authority to provide these truths, this created an era when the roman catholic church was challenged by many philosophers as the sole interpreter and providers of truths and findings from philosophers like Aristotle.
MODULE 6: The Christian Way of Life Assignment Topic: From a theological perspective, examine a contemporary social issue. (E.G. Euthanasia, homosexuality, nuclear disarmament, care for the environment, Aboriginal deaths in custody, youth suicide, gender equity, detention of asylum seekers, stem cell research or rights of the disabled.) REFERENCE TO HOMOSEXUALITY IN THE BIBLE: There are many references to homosexuality throughout the Bible which in turn are open to interpretation. Translation from varying languages can in turn illicit a different interpretation.
Examine and comment on the view that inequality in the modern world is the result of differing religious and/or ethical principles and practises with reference to the topic you have investigated. Homosexuality is a romantic attraction between members of the same sex or gender. It refers to a pattern or disposition to experience sexual, affectionate or romantic attraction to people of the same sex. Homosexuals may be viewed as a minority group in society and although, they’ve been gradually treated as equals in the western society, other cultures around the world are finding difficulty in treating them as equals and part of this could be due to differing religious principles and differing ethical practises. – A good introduction and link to the title When investigating about homosexuals, some people try to understand by looking for what may be the cause of their sexuality.
For Gay Marriage Andrew Sullivan’s article “For Gay Marriage” is an excerpted from Sullivan’s 1995 book, Virtually Normal: An Argument About Homosexuality, and reprinted by Behrens and Rosen (404 – 407). This paper provides a summary of Sullivan’s controversial article on this timely and long-fought civil rights issue. “For Gay Marriage” highlights the moral, philosophical and legal arguments surrounding the issue of denying marriage to homosexual and lesbian Americans. More importantly, it highlights the moral, philosophical and legal arguments in favor of gay marriage, which Sullivan clearly supports. Although Sullivan clearly supports gay marriage, his article is an insightful piece that provides a respectful look at various views of this philosophically and emotionally-charged subject, while providing a sound intellectual argument in favor of gay marriage.
Because sexual diversity in contemporary times has become quite vast, these perspectives adhere to a worldly understanding of homosexuality. Historical perspectives on homosexuality vastly stem from religions around the globe and sexual behaviors of past societies. For instance, homosexuality relations of past Greek and Roman cultures were once frequent but denouncing those sexual associations became the belief of the Christian religion. These Christian beliefs and legalities together made way for viewing homosexuality as sinful and inappropriate, which became punishable under criminal offenses. Another historical perspective on homosexuality stems from traditionally specific gender roles.
Introduction Conversion-Reparative Therapy, hereafter referred to as CRT, is a widely debated topic in both psychological and religious literature. CRT is generally recognized as any one, or combination of, different approaches aimed at moving an individual from a state of primarily homosexual orientation to a state of primarily heterosexual orientation ( Haldeman, 1994; Throckmorton, 1998). First documented as a treatment approach to homosexuality in the early 1960’s (Throckmorton, 1998), CRT continues to be used by a wide variety of professionals and paraprofessionals including psychoanalysts, clergy, religious counselors, and therapists (Haldeman, 1994). Presently, CRT is most commonly found in the fields of psychoanalysis and/or religion-based counseling, but during the past fifty years is has been employed across a wide range of disciplines including behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and group therapy (Haldeman, 1994; Throckmortaon, 1998). In this study I explore two reoccurring issues found in CRT research, specifically, the effectiveness of CRT
Evaluate how the ethical teachings of Islam influence the life of adherents in terms of sexual ethics. Similar to nearly all faiths throughout the world, the ethical teachings of Islam heavily influences the lives of its adherents. The teachings of the Qur’an and the Hadith are vital to the formation of the sexual ethics within the Islamic Ummah. The Islamic faith views sexual activity as a form of worship provided it is conducted in a loving and matrimonial relationship. Also it is seen to strength the couple’s relationship and as a form of prevention of unlawful and sexual practises.