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I. Religious Studies – II. Ethics – III. Church History

I. Religious Studies

All cultures subject human reproductive behavior to certain norms; certain situations or periods of life require sexual abstinence. In traditional societies, chastity as an ethical value (Asceticism) is usually an integral part of the religious symbol system. Young people in particular are restricted in their sexual behavior; only when they are able to be economically independen…

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Baudy, Dorothea, Geissner, Hellmut K. and Schlosser, Marianne, “Chastity”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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