Is Religion Hurting Your Sex Life?


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A new survey suggests that atheists and agnostics have better sex than religious people.

As if that disparity didn't seem dramatic enough, consider this: 79.9 percent of people raised in religious homes reported feeling guilty about a particular sex act or desire, compared to 26.3 percent of people raised in secular households. Similarly, 22.5 percent of those with religious upbringings said they were made to feel guilty about masturbating, while just 5.5 percent of those raised in non-religious homes experienced the same thing.

While this survey is certainly informative (if not a little disheartening for those of us with religious leanings), its findings should be taken with a grain of salt since Ray didn't ask religious people themselves to fill out the survey. Nor does it offer a solution for how the devout can improve their sex lives, if they really are that bad.


At this point, the study's only practical suggestion is to leave the church in order to have better sex, since it concludes that those who fall away from religion report a marked improvement in their sex lives. Conventional wisdom says that religious guilt lingers in those who leave the church, but Ray's survey revealed that those who abandoned their beliefs rated their satisfaction at a 7.81 out of 10.

Could the survey benefit from peer reviewing and the perspective of people who actually practice their faith? Definitely—but in the meantime, it does beckon some potentially lively discussions on how worldview shapes our understanding (and mastery) of sex.

Has religion affected your sex life, for better or worse?

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