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4 Things Kinky Sex and Christianity Have in Common

While the Abrahamic religions have tried to control sexuality, these traditions make use of the very urges they seek to suppress.

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Bible believers often claim that they are a moral beacon to the world, a “light shining on a hill.” In particular many look with disgust on the curious, open sexuality of modern society. A closer look might suggest that their claims of superiority are unwarranted, that—just like the rest of us—they are complicated creatures whose spiritual and sexual practices are driven by an array of motives and instincts. Homo Sapiens neurobiology underpins the array of experiences that humans find appealing and inclines us toward certain kinds of social behaviors and pleasures.

Just like spices that get mixed in different proportions to create different flavors of food, so a finite number of instincts get mixed and remixed to produce sensual and religious experiences including kink and Christianity.  Do Christian teachings and practice simply draw on the same aspects of human psychology and physiology as kink or do they actually lay groundwork for BDSM sexuality? I know of no research that attempts to tease this apart. But given the overlap, maybe someone should find out. 

Valerie Tarico is a psychologist and writer in Seattle, Washington and the founder of Wisdom Commons. She is the author of "Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light" and "Deas and Other Imaginings." Her articles can be found at Awaypoint.Wordpress.com.
 
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