Implicit Religion, Vol 8, No 3 (2005)

'O Come, All Ye Faithful...': Contemporary Sexuality, Transcendence and Implicit Religion

Guy Ménard
Issued Date: 4 Apr 2007


Centuries of Judeo-Christianity have accustomed us to a quite radical dissociation

between sex and spirituality. The history of humanity is however permeated

with cultures which envisaged the body and its passions as a privileged

road towards transcendence, as a vital quest for meaning and as a genuine

religious experience. Through the study of four of its contemporary figures (the

rave phenomenon, the fetish scene, roaming sexuality, and risky sexual behaviour),

this paper suggests that this could still be a valid way to assess many

aspects of sexuality in our times.

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DOI: 10.1558/imre.v8i3.266


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