SEXUAL VIOLENCE: FROM ABUSE (POWER) TO ‘SACRAMENT’ (HUMAN DIGNITY) TOWARDS THE SANCTIFICATION OF THE GENITALS IN A PASTORAL HERMENEUTICS

Daniël Louw

Abstract


It is argued that sexual violence and rape (the abuse of power) has its roots in an
understanding of sex and sexuality derived from the spiritual notion of intimate love
(healthy sexuality) and responsible human decision making. In the theological
design of a pastoral anthropology it is of paramount importance to link our being
human to an understanding of human dignity that is less linked to a substantial
understanding and more towards a qualitative and relational understanding. In this
regard a pneumatological approach in practical theology comes into play. In order
to move from abuse to sacrament in a pastoral hermeneutics of sexuality, the
challenge is to reframe the genitals, i.e. a paradigm switch away from a rubberised
penis (tool) and a pharmaceutical vagina (instrument) to a ‘sanctified penis’ and a
‘sacramental vagina’.

Keywords


Compassionate Intimating, Violent Sex and Rape, Sacramentality of Love and Penetration, Erotic Sensuality, Pneumatological and Inhabitational Model, Promiscuity; Taxonomy of Spiritual Practices, Human Dignity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/102-0-604

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