What is it about church that is so damn sexy? The question has bugged me for a long time. An erotic current runs just below the displays of rectitude and purity, despite the hard pews and organ repertory. I suspect it has to do with the congregants' concerted effort to suppress carnality in favor of distant heavenly reward. Denying the flesh only makes it throb harder.
Julia Scheeres, in her review of the novel, Jesus Boy. New York Times Book Review, May 16, 2010.