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When equal becomes the same. The spirituality of sex: Have we lost it?

Annelise Erasmus, Christo J.S. Lombaard
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 2 | a1613 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i2.1613 | © 2017 Annelise Erasmus, Christo J.S. Lombaard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 April 2016 | Published: 30 January 2017

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Annelise Erasmus, Department of Christian Spirituality, University of South Africa, South Africa
Christo J.S. Lombaard, Department of Christian Spirituality, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

In this contribution, spirituality and sexuality are brought together as part of a quest for authenticity. In conversation with Hegel and Nietzsche, the confusion between sameness and difference as it plays out in the confusion between the public and private spheres is analysed, en route to proposing life-affirming sexual identities, including non-mainstream sexualities.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Aspects of philosophy, spirituality and human sexuality are brought in conversation with one another.


Keywords

spirituality; sexuality; authenticity; Hegel; Nietzsche; sameness and difference; public and private spheres

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