Dating again after celibacy

For a period in the 5th and early 6th centuries the Church of the East did not apply the rule of celibacy even for ordination to the episcopate.Anglicanism and Protestantism in general do not require celibacy of its clergy and allow—or even encourage—clerical marriage.

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Classical Hindu culture encouraged asceticism and celibacy in the later stages of life, after one has met his societal obligations.

Jainism and Buddhism have been influenced by Hinduism in this respect.

I was reading this thread where a poster was commenting on the issues involved with potentially being asked out on a date, and indicated she held toward a policy of strict abstinence until marriage.

I realize people have different and sincerely held religious and personal views WRT when it's appropriate to engage in sexual relations in the context of developing relationships, and I can understand to some extent having this policy if you are a young, inexperienced woman being pursued by eager and aggressive suitors, but (IMO) it just strikes me as a bit overly precious for a fully grown adult women to hold to this standard, and expect that a reasonably desirable, well off, adult man is going to go along with this unless they (the man) are unusually devout (or desperate).

Clerical celibacy is the requirement in certain religions that some or all members of the clergy be unmarried.

These religions consider that, outside of marriage, deliberate sexual thoughts, feelings, and behavior are sinful; clerical celibacy also requires abstention from these.

sounds like a negative thing to a lot of people, and it usually conjures up imagery of chastity belts and other old-fashioned practices to protect purity at all costs. It helps us master ourselves, maintain our dignity, and draw us closer to God.

Suffering the loss of physical intimacy is one of the greatest struggles for anyone who’s been divorced. This struggle is compounded by the uncertainty of how long they will have to endure the loss of physical intimacy.

Is someone putting a gun to people's heads and telling them "get in bed RIGHT NOW or else!

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