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The results of a massive study on sexuality and religion has produced some interesting statistics. Researchers Darrel Ray and Amanda Brown conducted their study, "Sex and Secularism," on a group of 14,500 adults, investigating the result of religion on the participants' sexual satisfaction.

It seems that both religious men and women and atheists have sex at roughly the same rate. Both groups also reported watching pornography, masturbating, even pursuing affairs, at roughly the same rate. The main difference between the religious and the non-religious was that the devout felt guilty about it.

But, of course, all religions are not created equal. As in, some guilt-trip you far more than others. Mormons were the most likely to feel bad about sex. Their average "guilt score" was an astounding 8.19 out of 10. Jehovah's Witnesses came in second. Catholics, in a surprising departure from stereotype, came in sixth, with a 6.34.,

There's some good news though. If you're religious and disappointed in your sex life, all you have to do is become not-religious. Those surveyed who had left their beliefs reported that their sex was "much improved" and rated their newly secular sexual experiences an average 7.81 out of 10.

Commentarium (9 Comments)

May 20 11 - 11:58am
Libby Rumelt

Funny how these studies are always about sects of Christianity. Where are the studies about Jews, Buddhists, and Muslims?

May 20 11 - 2:12pm

After the disappointment of the non-"rapture", expect to see a lot of disillusioned churchgoers abandon their religions. Immediate benefit: better sex.

May 20 11 - 3:41pm

Yay JW's!

May 26 11 - 6:31am


May 20 11 - 9:59pm

Of course religious people have sex. They just belief you should be married first. And once you are married there is no need for guilt. Ever at all. As long as you don't have an affair of course. And Kel -- not all the Christians believe that May 21 (tomorrow) is the rapture. Most do not, I would say. The folks advertising that information only have 600 followers on twitter, which is not that many in retrospect (considering the 1.7 billion Christians in the world -- I am sure more than 600 actively use twitter). But my point is that abstaining from sex outside marriage is not an unreasonable option. And once you are married you can have a perfectly/healthy/enjoyable sex life free from guilt. And that's the way I think it should be.

Oct 14 11 - 12:31pm

Good for you, Hannah. Live your life as you see fit. The problem is that most religious people don't let others get on with living their lives as they see fit. You keep trying to make civil laws and social customs match your view of the world. The rest of us will leave you in peace to do your thing (or 'not do' your thing) and all we want is for you to leave us to do ours. Simple.

May 23 11 - 12:32pm

Nicely put, Hannah. But what about people who don't intend to get married?

May 25 11 - 4:49am

The die virgins. It's not unheard of. It just shows how devoted you are to your religion

May 27 11 - 1:51pm

And I suppose if your truly a devoted Catholic you give up sex when you no longer can procreate?