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Sex and a robust prayer life?

Reformation opponents saw its reinterpretation of the spirituality of marriage as one of its most scandalous aspects.

History Professor Michael Haykin
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Luther’s pastor, Joannes Bugenhagen

The standard line during the long medieval era had been that a robust Christian life could only be found in a state of celibacy. The early medieval author Bede (died 735) expressed this conviction when he maintained that the apostolic injunction to pray always could not be fulfilled if one was married and engaging in sexually intimate acts. Sex precluded a robust prayer life.