PAUL’S PRO-SEX ANTI-DESIRE STANCE
AbstractIn the New Testament, Paul’s letters are characterised by an uneasiness with desire far more than with sex. Traditionally, this distinction is not made, and concerns with ἐπιθυμία (desire) and πορνεία (sexual immorality) are often explained by an appeal to eschatology. Contemporary gender patterns constitute a more appropriate heuristic framework for Paul’s utilitarian and at times positive understanding of sex, compared to his consistent resistance to desire. Examples are offered of Paul’s anti-desire, pro-sex stance.
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