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  • According to Wikipedia, Biblical scholars essentially agree with you, to the point

    Bible scholars even maintain that the Bible does not claim that masturbation would be sinful.

    which is pretty cool especially given my prior belief that most people agreed it was about lust. Wikipedia does also say that some Christian denominations have interpreted the sin to be as lust, though.

    And Catholicism, at least, still doesn’t like the ejaculation without procreation:

    Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose sin against nature and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious.

    Small wonder, therefore, if Holy Writ bears witness that the Divine Majesty regards with greatest detestation this horrible crime and at times has punished it with death. As St. Augustine notes, “Intercourse even with one’s legitimate wife is unlawful and wicked where the conception of the offspring is prevented. Onan, the son of Juda, did this and the Lord killed him for it.”

    (number 54 and 55 in a Pope Pius XI encyclical)

    (I never thought I’d be discussing religion on programming.dev lol)


  • I get your point, but considering that we got the word “Onanism” from the Bible I was thinking about some Christian denominations’ views of why God wasn’t happy with Onan in the Bible: because he ejaculated without trying to procreate. That is why I thought it was relevant to tie those two things together like that.















  • Your comment made me curious, so I looked around the website and found this.

    Our dataset documents Texas death row inmates executed from 1976, when the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, to the present.

    On one level, the data is simply a part of a mundane programming book. On another, each row represents immense suffering, lives lost, and in some cases amazing redemption and acceptance. In preparing for this dataset, I was deeply moved by a number of the statements and found myself re-evaluting my position on capital punishment. I hope that as we examine the data, you too will contemplate the deeper issues at play.

    Just a warning for folks who might not be in a good mental spot for seeing this in their SQL tutorial right now, or even just if it wouldn’t be to your personal tastes. It’s not your average school exercise but with morbid flavoring, the site really integrates its data. It provides a lot more information about capital punishment than you strictly need to solve the database problems. That works nicely with their intention of “Exercises should be realistic and substantial”.

    Likewise, the exercises here have been designed to introduce increasingly sophisticated SQL techniques while exploring the dataset in ways that people would actually be interested in.