Christianity and Sex Problems

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byHugh Northcote

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...which first invigorates and inspires, and then induces exhaustion and debility. Even in a love affair which seems to its actors purely spiritual, carnal excitement sooner or later supervenes. Indeed, these emotional developments of love are not to be rashly translated into practice, with a view to eliminating from the matrimonial relationship the element of animality which naturally and rightly belongs to it. The idea of marriage as a purely spiritual bond without any carnal connection does not seem, in the circumstances of this present life of ours, a healthy or acceptable one. History records some collective movements for limiting sex love entirely to its spiritual side. The largest and most important of these belongs to early Christianity. Much attention has been recently called to the so-called syneisactic unions, in which Christian men and women--the latter were called in Greek agape tec and in Latin virgines subin-troducta--lived together in spiritual matrimony. The enthusiasm of early Christianity made this in some cases possible; and this remark-11 Cp. Thomson and Geddes, Problems of Sex, pp. 46ff. aC/. Forel, op. cit., p. 118 (ed. 10). able development is reflected in a romantic literature of which some specimens have survived. The movement was in fact the contribution of the age to the solution of the sex problem, but though it gave humanity a brief glimpse into the psychical possibilities of the sex life, it effected no permanent moral or social amelioration. In many quarters, particularly in the North African Church, the aspiring spiritualized love degenerated into a mere tantalization and erotic bravado; and public opinion and ecclesiastical authority combined to suppress it. It has reappeared occasionally down to our...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...which first invigorates and inspires, and then induces exhaustion and debility. Even in a love affair which see...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.34 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217812503

ISBN - 13:9780217812504

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