Lust, Faith, and Making Love

A good opinion piece on lust, faith, and making love in the Guardian, UK.
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An exerpt:

But Christians – and, of course, others – insist that sex should primarily be the climactic expression of affection and tenderness: of love, indeed. Human beings (uniquely?) have sex face to face – a posture that symbolises relating to, rather than simply using, another person.
It is true that two people may happily agree to give their bodies to one another without any kind of mutual commitment, and that is a long way from the rape of Tamar. But offering one’s body in this way is also a long way from offering one’s self, a long way from saying: “I give myself to you because I love you exclusively; and there is no more intense and beautiful way of doing so than what we share together in this act.”