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Discussing religion, spirituality and values. Amy Umble is the religion reporter for The Free Lance-Star. You can email her at
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Let’s Talk About Sex

Why do you have sex? Does it have anything to do with worship? In a study released this month, researchers came up with 237 reasons to have sex. One was to get closer to God. Admittedly, it wasn’t a very popular reason. But I think it bears more exploration. Certainly, some people see sex as spiritual. It’s found in most major scriptures. The Song of Solomon in the Old Testament is extremely sensual; Hebrews in the New Testament discusses the marriage bed; and the Quran includes passages on sex. Want to share your thoughts for the story? Please get in touch: or 540/735-1973.