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Sexual Ethics

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Explain the view that there are no rights or wrongs in sexual ethics. The view that there are no right or wrongs in sexual ethics is strongly based on an assumption that there are no moral absolutes either. A moral absolute is a rule which applies universally, with no legitimate exceptions, and many people would agree with the notion that such stringent rules are inapplicable to such a topic. Most rules regarding sexuality are derived from religious texts, mostly ancient: and it may be argued that they are not always relevant to today's society. For example; the prohibition on divorce was brought about in past years to aid the building of a stable family structure in close communities and villages. This however, is not an issue in today's society, and divorce often leads to happier homes and family units, with many children living part time with one or another parent. Perhaps another more relevant example is the question of homosexuality, which is a continually raging question of right and wrong; especially within the Christian church. ...read more.

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For example, from the Westborough Baptist church, a group called 'ihatefags.com' has formed. Their action against gays is contradictory as they go to an extreme to defend a particular text with no regard for others against their cruelty and abuse. To what extent is it reasonable to argue that sexual ethics must be linked to religious belief? Religious ethics is often based on a strong foundation of moral absolutes and most religious believe do not tend to feel comfortable is behaving in a manner that goes against their faith. I will refer again to the example of homosexuality and begin by entertaining the idea of an eve-angelical Christian's opposition to such sexuality. There is no absurdity in someone of this faith to do so, and the opposition is closely connected to the teachings of their faith; 'Do not lie with a man as you would lie with a woman, God hates that.' (Leviticus 18:22) Many followers of the Christian faith are quite accepting of gay couples in today's society but remain strongly in the belief that it is wrong according to their religion. ...read more.

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As humans, our instincts often provide us with a good moral guide. But the most sensible argument seems to point towards this idea: YES: let intuition play a role. YES: refer to religious teachings. But: if religious teachings are counter intuitive, then disregard them for intuition. This is more situational, and the initiative to apply situation ethics in sexual ethics seems to be a sensible one. In many cases, the renewal of religious teachings for modern day society is a good alternative. Pope Benedict II is infact reconsidering the ban on contraception in 'Aids ridden countries' and indeed, although advised against in the bible, could save millions of lives and our intuition tells us that it is the right decision. The weight of the arguments has lead me to believe that, although religious teachings should play a role in the matter of sexual ethics, a more situational approach which also refers to our consciences and intuitions seems to provide a good balance. I believe that reliance wholly on religious texts can create more harm than good in this society. ...read more.

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