Is Religion Hurting Your Sex Life?

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A new survey suggests that atheists and agnostics have better sex than religious people.
 
A new survey suggests that atheists and agnostics have better sex than religious people.
Religion might offer scores of personal benefits, but it looks like a great sex life isn't one of them. According to psychologist Darrel Ray from the University of Kansas, religious people suffer intense guilt during and after intercourse. Those devoted to their religion experienced regret after climaxing. Atheists and agnostics, on the other hand, boasted satisfying sex lives.

Religion might offer scores of personal benefits, but it looks like a great sex life isn't one of them. According to psychologist Darrel Ray from the University of Kansas, religious people suffer intense guilt during and after intercourse. Those devoted to their religion experienced regret after climaxing. Atheists and agnostics, on the other hand, boasted more satisfying sex lives. Spiritual Sex: 10 Erotic Commandments

Religion might offer scores of personal benefits, but it looks like a great sex life isn't one of them. According to psychologist Darrel Ray from the University of Kansas, religious people suffer intense guilt during and after intercourse. Those devoted to their religion experienced regret after climaxing. Atheists and agnostics, on the other hand, boasted more satisfying sex lives. Spiritual Sex: 10 Erotic Commandments

It's not as if one group were friskier than the other. All 14,500 subjects of Ray's "Sex and Secularism" study had sex the same number of times a week and became sexually active at the same age. Both believers and non-believers watched pornography, engaged in oral sex, and even pursued affairs. The difference is that while atheists and agnostics reported feeling comfortable sharing their fantasies, religious people felt uncomfortable even entertaining certain desires. Religion Won't Save Your Marriage

We should note, however, that the study only surveyed people who were once religious, but had since abandoned their faith. The more conservative the religion, the worse its former followers had felt about their sexuality. Mormons were ranked at the top of the guilty scale, scoring an 8.19 out of 10. Jehovah's Witnesses, Pentecostals, Seventh Day Adventists and Baptists followed closely behind. Catholics and Lutherans were a little more relaxed, scoring 6.34 and 5.88 respectively. Atheists and agnostics scored 4.71 and 4.81. Community Blog: Figuring Out Faith On A First Date