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Sexual Morality
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[German Version]

Sexual morality denotes the stock of values and norms, of human actions and behaviors, that authoritatively regulate the realm of sexuality. In its form and content, this stock of values and norms is dependent on the prevailing interpretation of the meaning of human sexuality and hence necessarily specific to a particular time and culture.

In Christianity the theology of the early fathers with its consistently negative assessment of sexuality dominated the church’s teaching for centuries. The central problem was the ethical character…

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Gruber, Hans-Günter, “Sexual Morality”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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