Sexuality in Puritan
Sex is a completely normal, healthy act as long as it is practiced within the confines of marriage
Husband and wife are encouraged by the church to have sexual relations for several reasons:
A. For procreation
B. A healthy sex life within marriage with help eliminate illicit affairs.
Deviant sexual behaviors have natural and unnatural forms
Natural Forms: adultery, non-marital sex, incest, and masturbation
Unnatural Forms: Sodomy and Bestiality
If a spouse refused to engage in “Conjugal relations”, the issue could be taken to the magistrate and a divorce might be granted.
A. In one case, James
Mattock was excommunicated from a
B. In another case, a woman admitted to committing adultery, but that was overlooked because her husband admitted that he has “deserted her for several years.” She was then granted a divorce.
C. A woman could also be granted a divorce if her expectation of “content and satisfaction in bed” was not met. The man was judged “deficient in performing the duty of a husband” or referred to as a “pretend husband.”
Although sex within marriage was seen to be a good thing, it could be overindulged and become sinful.
“Doting upon loving the creature more than the Creator,” was seen to be “horrible idolatry”
Generation was considered contaminated because of the Adam and Eve.
The second generation of Puritans used sex and eroticism to lure the youth back to the Bible.
Physical beauty could be harmful because it might bewitch men and cause them to become lustful.