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Sexual Intercourse
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[German Version]

Because of the biological nature of human beings, sexual intercourse is the goal of a fundamental drive (Drive theory); at the same time, it is influenced by precise cultural rules. The biological unity of pleasure and procreation is often dissolved: the pursuit of pleasure is diverted into art or commerce (with various religious and cultural assessments); occasionally procreation is defined as the only religiously legitimate purpose of intercourse (as is still true in Catholicism…

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Stolz, Fritz, “Sexual Intercourse”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08537>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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