> I think we're on the right track in thinking of marriage as
> more than just sex.
> The problem is that much of our thinking is contaminated by
> the Augustinian/Paulian view of sex and marriage. There was
> an early struggle in the church over the Pelagian view, and
> the more mystical view that sexuality is a good thing and
> symbolic of the union of the male and female, anima and
> animus, and part of the transformation from child to adult,
> both physically and psychologically.
> I see no reason not to believe that a religion could hold sex
> and marriage on a par with any other virtues or exaltations
> it holds valuable.
The Bible does not hold sex and marriage as being sinful. The command, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth", springs to mind!