Abstract

Sexuality is a hotly debated topic in modern society. Several of the traditional Western, conservative sexual norms are undergoing alteration based on the changing attitude of society, moving further and further from the traditional norms. One of the arguments against this movement involves the idea that traditional norms have always been in place and to change them would be immoral. This argument centers around the idea that certain aspects of sexuality, and, more specifically, homosexuality, have remained stagnant throughout history and should not change. The current societal norm regarding homosexuality involves the belief that it is condemned and has always been treated as such throughout history. This, however, is not the case. There are a plethora of modern opinions that differ from one another in today’s world, but this work will focus on modern, Western views of human sexuality as it relates to sexual orientation. Through careful examination and discussion of recent biological studies in the field of sexual orientation, as well as analysis of Biblical literature referencing same-sex attraction, this work will display how the history of homosexuality refutes this idea of stagnant sexual norms and display the fluidity of sexuality throughout time. All in all, based on biological evidence and an expanded understanding of Biblical literature, this work refutes the condemnation of homosexuality and supports the idea that same-sex attraction is a natural phenomenon.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-7-2018

Mentor

Dr. Suzanne Byrd

Department/Professional Affiliation

Department of Biological Sciences

Access Options

Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Department

Biological Sciences

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