RELG 271 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Ninety-Five Theses, Masturbation

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RELG 271: Sexual Ethics January 5, 2017
What do we mean by religion? Sex? Ethics? Morality?
- St. Augustine (4th 5th Century): right and wrong to human action issue of lust
o Integrated view of sex procreation, faithfulness, sacrament; not pleasure
Sex
- Intimacy
- Pleasure
- Hetero
- Attraction
- Mutuality
- Genitals
- Consent
- Physical
- Gender
- Values
- Marriage
- Commitment
- Fantasy
- Perversion
- Hormones
- Power
- Masturbation
Ethics conduct or behavior; social; good/bad; respect
What is “religion”?
- Objective vs Subjective
- WC Smith
o Personal piety/faith individualistic
o Ideal system ideal for who?
o Historic or sociological system who’s history
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St. augustine (4th 5th century): right and wrong to human action issue of lust: integrated view of sex procreation, faithfulness, sacrament; not pleasure. Ethics conduct or behavior; social; good/bad; respect. Wc smith: personal piety/faith individualistic, ideal system ideal for who, historic or sociological system who"s history. January 5, 2017: general/catch-all term how do you make concrete. Arguing for a more subjective sense for deeper understanding. Objective sense: 4 c"s: creed, cult (aka practices), code of conduct (some sense of morality), confessional community (group proclaiming these beliefs, religion: careful acts that tie and bind people to eachother and cosmic meaning, more than doctrine. The art of living well; claims that there is a craft to living well. Thesis: claim or idea that invites response. There is no single right sexual morality. Hetero sex that utilizes penetration is not necessary the only sex. Sex is not necessarily a single defined moment. It is a process of intimacy and human connection.

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