Using Augustine in Contemporary Sexual Ethics: A Response to Gilbert Meilaender

Journal of Religious Ethics 29 (1):25-33 (2001)

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In response to Gilbert Meilaender 's innovative interpretation of Augustine and of Roman Catholic teaching, the author suggests that Meilaender attributes to Augustine a more positive view of sexual pleasure than the texts will support, that modern Roman Catholic teaching suggests that love should have priority over procreation as a meaning of sex; and that the moral logic of Meilaender's argument does not require a rejection of all reproductive technologies. Nonetheless, the author agrees that a more critical attitude should be adopted toward the reasons for which technologically assisted reproduction is promoted and undertaken, as well as toward its social impact
Keywords Augustine  reproductive technologies  procreation  Roman Catholic sexual ethics
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DOI 10.1111/0384-9694.00064
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