• The Religious Right maintains that only sexual activity open to reproduction is morally
acceptable, and that violating this imperative violates God’s will.
• Religious progressives and secular humanists deny these positions, arguing instead that the
moral quality of sex is determined by how its participants treat each other.
• Religious progressives (but not secular humanists) continue to believe that religion has some
authority in ethics.
• This paper shows why no such arguments are successful, and concludes that any compelling
case against the Religious Right sexual ethic and in support of a humane one must be based
in secular ethics.
• Human ART has brought about a radical change in traditional perspectives about sexuality
• In the past, the field was surrounded by an aura of mystery, which allowed religion to grasp
the subject firmly.
• An explosion of knowledge, and a new capacity to control all aspects of human reproduction
are beginning to modify attitudes, so that the arenas of sexuality and reproduction are
apparently undergoing a process of rapid secularization.
• Religious solutions to reproductive problems are becoming obsolete and possibly dangerous,
since they no longer adequately fulfill the needs of humanity in our modern era.