The ‘Porneia’ Hoax

All Christian sexual rules go back to a weird Greek word. Nobody knows what it means.

Jonathan Poletti
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Published in
7 min readApr 5, 2024

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When I think back on my childhood in church, I remember pastors thundering out the sacred words of the Bible. “Flee from sexual immorality!”

Well, I didn’t flee. But I did go back to check a few facts, and learn from Bible scholarship that the sexual ‘rules’ of Christianity trace to a single Greek word, porneia, used a handful of times.

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