abstinence Tag

To paraphrase John Cleese, "and now for something completely overdue." A couple years ago I was sent a copy of Mark Roncace's book, Raw Revelation: The Bible They Never Tell You About for review on this blog, with the understanding that it might take a little while...

The US Supreme Court's decision on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby announced on Monday produced predictable joy and angst from those on the political poles, but I must confess to some surprise at how many seem either surprised at the result or find the decision somehow...

Well, I'm glad science cleared that up for us. According to a recent TED talk by psychologist Christopher Ryan (and as reported by the Mail Online), monogamy is not biologically natural for human beings, male or female—it's not genetically hardwired! All this time I thought I...

I figured it would only be appropriate for my first post since getting back from my honeymoon would be on sex. CNN's religion blog has a short article (mainly borrowing from John Acuff's recent post on "Stuff Christians Like") talking about how Christians "spoil" sex by...

(Total Reading Time: 9 minutes; Bold parts: approximately one minute) Back in August I posted a roadmap of my thoughts on what I termed "An Evangelical Dilemma" (if you haven't read it, I'd suggest starting there), the unsustainable contradiction between Evangelicals' embrace of abstinence until marriage and the cultural shift towards later marriage, arguing that if Evangelicals want to uphold abstinence, they have no choice but to encourage earlier marriage. In that piece, I argued that the simultaneous embrace of contradictory cultural and theological norms in the Evangelical world is damaging to its young people (and ultimately, its families), suggesting that the only realistic solution if abstinence is to be advocated is 1) a push towards earlier marriage supported both by the families of the young newly-married and the larger church body itself and 2) a change in perspective from an individualistic "soul-mate" view of marriage towards a covenantal, missional perspective of Christian marriage. What I did not know at the time was that about a week earlier, University of Texas Sociologist Mark Regnerus had made a similar case in, "The Case for Early Marriage," a lengthy piece in Christianity Today.

Evangelicals must choose between two opposing worldviews pertaining to sex and marriage. No longer can they push abstinence until marriage on the one hand while on the other hand embracing the cultural shift towards later marriage. This combination puts many Evangelical young people in the...