What Do You Have on Sex, Spirituality, and Religion? January 12, 2010 | 10:43 am

If you bump into interest books, articles, blogs, or blog posts regarding sex, spirituality, and religion, let me know. I’m gathering up information for another project. More details forthcoming.

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  • Chris M

    Sounds to me like you want Rob Bell’s book:

    Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0310280672

  • http://twitter.com/RobertFischer Robert Fischer

    It’s on the reading list, but the half-assed scholarship and pop theology in Velvet Elvis has left me pretty cynical about Rob Bell: I’m not sure I’d trust anything he has to say.

  • Chris M

    Eh… well, you don’t have to trust any of it– but it might give you some ideas to think about anyway. I haven’t actually read it myself, but your request immediately reminded me of it. It’s a fairly blatant title.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertFischer Robert Fischer

    Yeah, no kidding: that title’s pretty much exactly what I asked for. :)

  • Chris M

    And I won’t even mention the horrible Focus on the Family audio cassette tapes my mom made me listen to when I was going through puberty.

  • Mike
  • Mike K

    Here is a book from an evangelical Christian perspective: “Sex and the Supremacy of Christ”. I haven’t read the book myself but I have a good deal of familiarity with the author’s works and it should be worthwhile – http://www.desiringgod.org/Store/Books/603_Sex_and_the_Supremacy_of_Christ/

  • David Dickinson

    I’m just catching up on my RSS feeds, so I apologize if this is too late. My proposal for a Ph.D. thesis in 1999 was “A Theology of the Erotic,” which was received favorably, but unfortunately my job forced me to move before I could start. I had mainly done exegetical work around the image of God (Gen 1:26-27) and the sexual aspects related to that so I didn’t get too far down the theology book path, but a few I recommend are:

    Roger Scruton, “Sexual Desire”–A philosophy book rather than theology, but very insightful, especially his use of Wittgenstein’s “Private Language” argument.

    Helmut Thielicke, “The Ethics of Sex”–More than just ethics, an insightful examination of sex from a Christian spiritual aspect

    Phyllis Trible, “God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality.”–I didn’t always agree with her exegesis or conclusions, but interesting, thoughtful and provocative

    Shmuley Boteach, “Kosher Sex”–An interesting presentation of intimacy from a Jewish perspective using the Talmud and OT

  • http://twitter.com/RobertFischer Robert Fischer

    It’s never too late.

  • David

    Taboo: Sex, Religion & Magick
    By Christopher S. Hyatt and Lon Milo DuQuette
    http://tinyurl.com/y2phl6

    Sexuality, Magic, and Perversion
    By Francis King
    http://tinyurl.com/yzqf2sv

    Sex, The Secret Gate to Eden – Alchemy, Tantra, and Kabbalah
    Video from Thelema Press
    [Sketchy at times, and makes a fundamental error (from a tantric-variant's bias) about the relationship of the orgasm to the specialized definition of "chastity", but extraordinary in illuminating core symbolism.]
    http://tinyurl.com/yhavkdt

    Consider:

    Masonic symbolism…as you are probably discovering.

    The mapping of modern masonic myths (clothed in the mythology of esoteric Judaism) to their Egyptian origins (Memphis-Misraim).

    The “lost word” in relation to the (in your words) “basic nature of all religions” as the unity form of the ubiquitous glyphs of primary duality involving a “cross” and a “circle” (ankh, celtic cross, rose cross, sacred heart, etc.), and their procreative aspects depicted in the three-fold expressions as the various glyphs of trinity, and finally the self-reflexivity in the four-fold expansion as the tetragrammaton…the Logos as Ouroboros.

    Solve et Coagula.

    The procedure for the Philosopher’s Stone as given in the Emerald Tablet: solutio, putrefactio, albedo, citrinitatio, destillatio, coagulatio, tinctura.

    The Kybalion.

    Unrelated (perhaps), here are some inter-woven almost-quotes from the New Testament and Liber AL vel Legis:

    “In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logos was with God, and the Logos was God.”

    “God is Agape.”

    “Because of your Thelema they existed.”

    “Your kingdom come. Your Thelema be done.”

    “On these two commandments [of Agape] depend the whole Nomos.”

    “Agape is the Nomos, Agape under Thelema.”

    “The Logos of the Nomos is Thelema.”

    “The Book of the Nomos is Written and Concealed.”

    “Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye well! He, my prophet, hath chosen, knowing the Nomos of the fortress, and the great mystery of the House of God.”

    “Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

    “For I am divided for Agape’s sake, for the chance of union.”

    Moab-Ammon, Ben-Ammon, Ben-Moab, Moab-On
    “rise up and walk”
    Son of the Father, Seed of the Sun
    IAO

    Aum Ha

  • http://perimenopausalpost.blogspot.com/ catherine grace

    would be interested to learn more about the topic you are researching…it’s something that i am also meditating on. looking forward to the next post.

  • http://laststopformiles.net MC, spiritual writer

    Brian McLaren has written a book called “A New Kind of Christianity.” I’m not usually a fan of his, but I’d heard some good things so I thought I would give it a go. Honestly, most of the book was pretty fluffy, but the chapter on sexuality was very powerful, interesting, and thoughtful. I’ve done a review of it on my blog, and there are a lot of excerpts there if you want to get a taste before you dive in.

  • http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com Andrew Cort

    Looks like this is too old a post to matter. But if not, I’d love to have you check out all the posts on http://www.spirituality-and-religion.com, and my book THE PURPOSE OF RELIGION: Enlightenment, Meaning and Love in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Symbology