Premarital Sex Greeley Analysis

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Alexis Oyola
Marriage and Family
September 21, 2017
Critical Review #1 In Andrew Greeley’s article on “Premarital Sex”, he discusses the true reason for Catholics abstaining from sex. Greeley explains that a long time ago physical virginity was necessary to ensure that one’s land would be, without a doubt, passed on to their true kin (Greeley, Premarital Sex). By true kin, I mean that the child truly belongs to the husband. This was a cultural element that the Catholic Church had associated itself with, in a sense, and began to influence Catholics. Greeley’s argument is that sustaining from sex, chaste, is not because of physical virginity, but because of one’s beliefs of human love and their commitment to God (Greeley, Premarital Sex). To
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He understands that it can be naive to expect two people that are engaged and in love to sustain from sex, but still truly believes in the ultimate value of sex shared between two people. It seems as though he advises to wait so that the moment can be shared and reflect a total commitment to God, and that the Church should also be encouraging the fun part during and after being married rather than just trying to stop it before the commitment. I believe he has a lot of good points. In Andrew Greeley’s article on Sex, he discusses human sexuality. He argues that sex can create a certain amount of selflessness (Greeley, Sex, p. 1). He explains that in a sense it shows how dependent we are on others to love us rather to love the person (Greeley, Sex, p. 2). Greeley writes about this because he wants to inform readers about the true means of natural human …show more content…
He argues that the four attitudes of sex which include sex as evil, sex as divine, sex belittled to casual, and sex as a burden, hold some truth in all and coincidentally can be identified in all of us (Scott & Warren, 2007). May writes about this topic to inform the reader about each of the attitudes toward sex and how they are portrayed in this day and age. He discusses this also to explain to the reader the contradictory of these views. May first distinguishes between the four attitudes and gives some background information for each to help the reader follow along, and then states his final argument on the

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