A couple of days ago I mentioned Nicole Leffel's project to find the
survey question that annoyed the most nuns in
I didn't say at the time, but the most annoying question, which 3,702
out of 140,000 nuns found “too annoying to answer” was whether they
agreed or disagreed with the statement:
Christian virginity goes all the way along a road on which marriage
stops half way.
I was not at all sure what this meant, and I imagine many readers were
in the same boat.
Sumana Harihareswara posted the survey to
and in the ensuing discussion, MetaFilter user Eyebrows
McGee provided a long and
This is a brief excerpt:
That specific statement — Christian virginity goes all the way along
a road on which marriage stops half way — is referencing a theology
of chastity and of religious life that dates back to St. Paul. In
1 Corinthians 7, Paul talks about the various sexual
situations of the Corinthians, and says that while obviously
celibacy is best, if you're gonna have sex, get married and that's
pretty good although not as good as celibacy.
The whole explanation is much longer and very detailed. Check it
Another user comments:
Man, I don't know who thought it was a good idea to annoy that many