Profound Sexual and Spiritual Encounters Among Practicing Christians: A Phenomenological Analysis

Volume
Volume 30
Issue
Fall 2002
Title
Profound Sexual and Spiritual Encounters Among Practicing Christians: A Phenomenological Analysis
Abstract

Existential-phenomenological methodology explored the meaning and experience of profound sexual and spiritual encounters described by five men and five women who were practicing Christians. Through qualitative analysis of these mysterious experiences, eleven common themes that portrayed the wonder, euphoria, bonding, arousal, transcendence, blessing, and sacredness of these peak events emerged. God's presence during sexual intimacy enabled the body, soul, and spirit to celebrate ecstatic union collectively in elevated responsiveness. In addition, the aftereffects of linking sexual and spiritual dimensions for the contributors were revealed as seven transforming, empowering, and affirming themes. Results provide a valid basis for a previously undisclosed phenomenon as well as inform Christian educators, pastors, counselors, and practitioners regarding the potential of biblical "one flesh" connection.

Author
Dr. C.M. MacKnee
Pages
234 - 244
Price
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