Unmarried Sex

From a religious perspective, one has to deny that sex before marriage is permissible. Religions generally subscribe to a divine command theory of morality, in which any act is considered moral or immoral precisely to the extent that God says that it is moral or immoral. If the God of a religion says that murder is forbidden, then in that religion, murder is immoral. Similarly, any religion with a sacred text asserting premarital sex is condemned must prohibit it, or else reject the divine command, which amounts to denying the divine commander. So, what we have here is a form of religious relativism. If a particular religion has no prohibition on pre-marital co-habitation, then certainly sex before marriage is okay. So far as this writer is aware, all of the major monotheisms do contain divine prohibitions of such and therefore, according to those religions, sex before marriage is immoral.



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