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Human dignity and sexual behavious – A theological perspective

N Vorster

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 26, No 3 (2005), 891-911. doi: 10.4102/ve.v26i3.256

Submitted: 03 October 2005
Published:  03 October 2005


This article compares the sex ethic of Scripture with the
anthropological values that underlie modern sexual morality and gives guidelines for a responsible  sex ethics that can safeguard human dignity. As point of departure it states that the biblical view of sexuality must be understood from the perspective of creation and re-creation and not the fall. The creation narratives teach that humanity possesses qualities of sameness and difference that constitutes our being. Sexuality forms the dynamic which bonds the dialectic of sameness and difference into a unity of persons. The  article concludes that the  African concept of gender , the radical freedom concept of secular society, the utilitarian view of sex, and the postmodern view that sexual behaviour and marriage are social constructs, aggravate sexual promiscuity. In order to fight HIV/AIDS and preserve human dignity the exclusiveness of the sex act, the importance of faithfulness and the sanctity of marriage must be

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N Vorster, North-West University - Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa



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