How is Christian sexuality specifically different from other kinds of sexuality?
The question raises itself because human sexuality is universal and knows no boundaries until some group imposes them.
So when you put a name to it like Christian sexuality, you create 'Christian' boundaries for your understanding of human sexuality and for your behavior.
But, these boundaries cannot be called Christian sexuality boundaries because different Christianity sects do not share a universal understanding or meaning of sexuality in human life. Nor do they share and an agreed upon context for its expression (e.g., marriage).
And then it follows that authorized sexual behavior, Christian morality, will differ from one Christian sect to another.
This overgeneralized use of the word Christian affects everything from Christian marriage to ordination of clergy and Christian formation of conscience.
An Aristotle quote points out, when words have so many meanings they lose all meaning, and there is no way to understand and communicate with or teach others.
Here are two examples for contrast...
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The Roman Catholic church is ruled by an absolute monarch, the pope, who defines the religious and behavioral boundaries of catholic sexuality in universal terms:
As strict as these rules are, Catholic morality is undermined by contradictions that the Roman Catholic church insists on...
So, It is difficult to define the meaning and the Christian moral boundaries of human sexuality both within a church and between the various Christianity sects.
And though the Anglican church was once part of the Roman Catholic church, the two sects differ markedly about Christian sexuality.
The Anglican church is not actually governed by a supreme religious authority. The current head of the church is a lay woman, Elizabeth II, which combines both church and state in a constitutional monarchy. Consequently, the prime minister (i.e., the state) selects, and the queen (the church) appoints, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
And so there is not a whole lot of meaning in the term Christian sexuality when it can be defined and expressed so differently both between and within the Christianty sects.
There is no fundamental universal Christian sexuality or Christian morality. And this creates problems of...
The problems that arise from Christian moral relativism are...
There are too many contradictory sexual behaviors allowed or prohibited by each of the Christianity sects so that the general term Christian sexuality lacks general meaning. This has led to serious immoral and criminal behavior by some. For example...
Fr. Mike believed that adolescent sexual abuse could be a ministry of sexual awakening.Bishop Kurt Krenn of the St. Poelton diocese in Austria said pornographic images of his semiinary students and faculty were just "boyish pranks."
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