Claim #5d: Moderation and restraint

Rollo says that “Smith argued in his essay that married Mormon couples must show restraint and moderation in their sex lives.”

Given that I am contrasting the teachings of a Mormon Stories podcast with that of the Church, it hardly seems strange that I would mention the views of LDS scripture.

I’m a bit surprised, though, that Rollo thinks that “restraint” and “moderation” are a bad idea, or something that ought to be criticized. (It is not clear to me if he thinks my position is in contradistinction to Mormon Stories, and they are not advocating “restraint and moderation.” I did not think they were recommending total abandonment or excess, but perhaps he does.)

“Restraint” and “moderation” are not new ideas; they go back at least to Aristotle.

Rollo goes on to claim that I’m not “aware” that the Church has “loosened up” about sexuality in marriage. I can only reply to this absurd caricature of my position that if a Mormon physician practicing in a predominantly Mormon town with a large psychiatric practice doesn’t have occasion to consider what the Church teaches about sexual behavior, then no one does.

The Church opposes excess, lack of restraint, lack of consideration of spouse, masturbation, and pornography. I do not see these matters as changing or “easing,” anytime soon. And, if Rollo believes that Mormon Stories differs, than that is simply further evidence that my thesis is correct: some of Mormon Stories’ material encourages behavior and doctrines at variance with that of the Church of Jesus Christ.

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