Case #4: Marriage, Sex, and Procreation Worksheet
What if any goods does marriage bring about? Are there one or many goods involved in human sexual life? Are these bodily, emotional, or some other kind of good? Are these goods ever in conflict or are they always harmoniously linked? Does one have to order these goods according to some specific principle if they are not to conflict? Will they always inevitably conflict?
How, if at all, does one measure the success of one's moral decision making with regard to sex and marriage? Are one's practical judgments with respect to choices about sex and married life always one's own private choices or are these arrived at through discernment with others? Which others?
In what respect is one free in one's sexuality? How if at all, do one's past sexual behaviors affect one's character and one's future choices? Does taking the arguments of others about the proper use of one's body or the meaning of marriage make one more or less free?
Thinking through each of these readings, and according to the dimensions listed above, what reasons are given in support of the arguments made? Are the reasons based in scripture? Common sense? Speculative reason? Personal experience? Are the reasons distinctly religious or not?