A Philosophical Appraisal of Sexual Perversions as Sin or Sickness in Africa


  • Ratzinger E. E. Nwobodo, PhD Department of Philosophy, NnamdiAzikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.


Sexual Perversions, Thomas Aquinas, Sickness, Sin.


In the bid to live their inordinate sexual fantasies and obsessions, some people
are indulging in sexual activities that remarkably deviate from the natural form
of sexuality that is peculiar to humanity. In our world today, some men sleep
with fellow men, some women with fellow women, some with animals of
different species. While it may seem to occupy the centre stage of debates today,
it has long been in practice. This trend of sexual perversions has been
criticized by many not only on grounds of being immoral but also as a practice
that erodes certain values attached to marriage and procreation in some
African cultures. In an attempt to address this anomaly, effort shall be made to
answer some questions bordering on the morality of these unnatural sexual
engagements. Are sexual perversions sins or sickness? Are sexually perverts
products of some biological engineering? Does it have some negative impacts
on traditional institutions and cultural values? The paper employs the
philosophical method of analysis in an attempt to evaluate the topic under
review. The essay reveals that sexual perversions violate both Christian and
Islamic injunctions as well as Aquinas' natural law theory this, vitiating the
moral unacceptability of sexual perversions as an act. Sexual perversion, the
work concludes, is a sin or an abomination in the African context.


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