Wednesday, December 19, 2012
If Atheism Were True Sex Would Be Uncomplicated
There is a lot of humour about sex. Many of the jokes are not even really funny. They just contain a sexual reference and people laugh.
Our sexuality embarrasses us. We have a strange relationship with our own nakedness.
There is sexual morality. We have a sense that there is a right and wrong around sex. We might not know exactly what the rules are but we are sure there is something there.
We have love songs and love poetry. They say there is more bad poetry written about romantic love than any other topic.
We have more euphemisms for talking about sex than anything else. When a word is used in a sexual way that group of people seem to remember that connotation for a long time. It is like it bonds the group to have its own sex talk.
Science has its own language for talking about sex. It is cold and references purely biological functions.
Jenifer Fulwiler talks about how the first thing she could not explain through materialist atheism was her love for her husband and then later her love for her child. That is a bit of what I think too. That is if atheism were true then there would be a lot less to sex and reproduction. We would be much more efficient. It would not be so wonderful and so horrible and so messy and so confusing and so interesting to talk about.
In modern times we are seeing it more. We expect huge promiscuity. We encourage it as a society. We mock people who talk about morality. We use the mass media to push sexual immorality all day every day. Our schools make clear to kids that we expect zero self control from them. Parents are actively discouraged from imposing any sexual moral standard on their kids. We could not do more as a society to destroy every ounce of sexual morality in our children.
So what is the result? One study say 28% of teens have sex by time they are 17. That means 72% do not. I am always amazed at these studies. The assumption is that everyone is doing it. I sometimes fall into that kind of thinking to. But every time I look at the numbers I am amazed at how many resist the culture. Why do they do that?
If atheism was true that would not happen. If sex is just natures way to get us to reproduce and we can manipulate our bodies to render ourselves infertile and have have fun with our sexual faculty without any deep consequences. If all that is true then we would not be seeing so many young people wait so long.
I don't want to harp on one stat because the truth is you see it all over. Promiscuity is not the utopia it should be if atheism was true. Some people go there for a while but they move on. I know atheists don't deny them the right to do that. It is just that if the biological picture of sex was the whole picture of sex you would not expect this. But that is precisely what scientific materialism says.
When the sexual revolution hit we blamed Christianity for our inability to enjoy sex freely. It made us feel guilty. But in the last 50 years we have see a huge decline the ability of Christianity to make anyone feel guilty. Birth control and abortion solve the procreation issue. Yet somehow casual sex has not worked for most people. It was supposed to be like cars and telephones. Just something everyone would embrace and never want to go back. Young people especially should be going there without a second thought.
It seems that analysis has missed something. It is harder to argue that what it has missed is precisely what Catholicism says they have missed. Still the idea that there is something sacred about sex is hard to avoid. Certainly sexual morality is one area where our society has not questioned atheism at all. We have swallowed their ideas whole. We have asked few questions. We have sacrificed our marriages. We have sacrificed our children. All because we might get some sexual pleasure. That is what smart people do, isn't it?
You would expect, if it was true, that after this much time it would start making sense. Those alleged hang-ups that don't have anything real behind them would disappear. Nobody would care who was sleeping with whom any more than they care what people are having for dinner. People would no longer look for something more. It would be sad because I think the more is literally heavenly. It would be sad but it might be true. The reality is that people are still very much sensing the more even when they try and get themselves to believe it isn't there.