In my experience in the evangelical church it seems that most couples enter into pregnancy in the same way that they enter into a mortgage… patient, calculated, and objective. Yet for the most part (at least within the evangelical church) sex within a marriage relationship is assumed to be frequent, impulsive, and steamy. And Christians are free to integrate whatever medical technologies are available to ensure pleasure while controlling procreation.
Sam and Bethany Torode argue that the church needs to rethink the relationship between the pleasureable and procreative components of sex. They briefly explore the absence of instruction for how to understand intercourse within a Christian marriage and argue that sexual pleasure can only be properly understood in relationship to the primary role of procreation within marital intercourse.
Article: "Make Love and Babies"
- Do you agree with the author’s 3 purposes for marriage (procreation, remedy against sin, and mutual company)?
- As a couple, what factors influenced your decisions regarding contraception?
- What exactly is "pleasure?" in relation to sex and marriage?
- Do you agree that separating the link between sex and procreation is "a morally neutral act?"
Bonus: How significantly has our cultures treatment of sex informed the modern Church’s understanding of sex?