Sex + Religion

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What is the relationship between sex and religion? Where does sex ?t into the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment? In Sex + Religion we explore these questions through ?rst person, personal stories. You'll meet devotees of tantric sex and celibacy, rabbis, priests, imams, Tibetan lamas, sex workers, and gurus - all of whom shed some much-needed light on the relationship between sex and religion.

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Sexual Fantasy
13. Sexual Fantasy
 
Sexual fantasy is mental imagery that an individual considers erotic. This fantasy can be a long, drawn-out story or a quick mental flash of sexual imagery. Many Western social scientists today see a lack of fantasy, or guilt surrounding fantasy, as a contributing factor to sexual dysfunction. What do religions says about sexual fantasy?
Same-Sex Attraction
12. Same-Sex Attraction
 
Sexual union has been a fundamental organizing principles of human society since history began. But since the nature of relationships is changing in modern times, with people coupling for love and companionship rather than social need, should the traditionally man-and-woman only club admit new members? Does sexual orientation negate a person's ability to have a meaningful relationship with God?
Sex as Religion
11. Sex as Religion
 
Most religions preach abstinence before marriage. You connect with the divine and then, when you're married, you have sex. Tantra, at least the way it's taught in North America, sees sex as the way to connect with the divine. But is this just a way to have more sex in your life or does it help the practitioner glimpse the divine.
Preaching Sex
10. Preaching Sex
 
For some couples in today's faith communities, there is much confusion regarding the role sexuality plays in a marriage. More and more, religious leaders are having to point the way and are pushing their congregants to expand their sexual expression and the potential to deepen the sacred bonds of marriage.
Prostitution
9. Prostitution
November 15, 2010
In the Old Testament, Tamar, twice widowed and childless, disguises herself as a prostitute to get what's rightfully hers - and the Bible totally approves of her and yet the Whore of Babylon is associated with the Anti-Christ. These days most churches disapprove and exclude sex worker. What is the relationship between the prostitution and religion?
Wedding Night
8. Wedding Night
 
The beginning of a couple's life together as husband and wife marks an important turning point in each of their lives. For those who due to religious observance are virgins the anticipation of the sexual consummation on their wedding night can run the gamut from thrilling to terrifying. This episode will explore what - if anything - exists in the way of instruction for the pious.
Pornography
7. Pornography
 
It's a dramatic understatement to say that religion has a problem with pornography but it's an issue largely hidden from sight. In the West the issue of how to deal with the effects of pornography is paramount, but in the world of Islam, the question of what is and what is not pornographic still takes center stage.
Polygamy
6. Polygamy
October 25, 2010
Some experts cite 40 polygamous relations in The Bible. Based on this, early Mormons practiced polygamy. A century ago, however, mainstream Mormonism rejected polygamy. But despite it being illegal in North America, sects of Fundamentalist Mormons still practice polygamy. Mohammed had four wives in the Qu'ran so Islam accepts polygamous marriages.
Contraception
5. Contraception
 
What do religions say about contraception? Is it a religious issue or also an issue of human rights? In the 21st century, contraception is no longer just about family planning. It's also about saving lives. Are religious views outdated or are moral values absolute and unchanging?
Sex + Religion on Display
4. Sex + Religion on Display
October 11, 2010
Mixing the worlds of sex and religion is tricky at the best of times; presenting it for the world to see is another thing entirely. This episode explores the consequences of bearing your creative soul...in public.
Virginity
3. Virginity
October 4, 2010
Why in most of the world's major religions is virginity so highly prized? In this episode we will explore the notion of purity. We will journey to South Carolina where daughters, at a formal father-daughter dance, pledge to remain virgins until marriage and travel to France, where "re-virginization," a surgical procedure to reconstruct the hymen, has become very popular with Muslim women.
Divine Art
2. Divine Art
 
Reaching as far back to the ancient civilizations of Greece and the Orient, sexuality and religion have often combined to create artistic inspiration. In fact, Renaissance artists used religion as an excuse to depict sexuality. The question today is how far can artists go in depicting sex in a religious context. At what point do religious objections venture into censorship?
In Praise of Sex
1. In Praise of Sex
 
Throughout history, sex and religion have often been strange bedfellows. But more and more people are working to bring the worlds of sex and religion closer together. Much closer.
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What is the relationship between sex and religion? Where does sex ?t into the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment? In Sex + Religion we explore these questions through ?rst person, personal stories. You'll meet devotees of tantric sex and celibacy, rabbis, priests, imams, Tibetan lamas, sex workers, and gurus - all of whom shed some much-needed light on the relationship between sex and religion.