Sex, Marriage, and Abstinence

Sex, Marriage, and Abstinence

There is a new article that just hit the public eye in the most recent Christianity Today. It’s an article that argues for early marriage.  The author, Mark Regnerus spends some time looking at numbers about sex and Christian teens. He makes an insightful argument for why the issue that is before us is not a sex problem but a marriage problem.  Regnerus makes some very good points that what we have done by pressing the abstinence thing so hard is to move marriage (a holy, covenantal institution) out of the center and replaced by legalism. 

Please hear me, he is not arguing for some sort of back tracking where we don’t talk about purity.  But, Regnerus is encouraging a shift in perspective on the conversation and bringing marriage back to the center. I thought that it was worth the read.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

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  1. Ron Webber

    I read this when it came out few days ago and it makes a lot of sense. I’m realizing how many issues/dynamics exist because the period called adolescence continues to lengthen.

    The statistics the author sites regarding the lack of difference between behaviors of Christian and non-Christian adolescents is compelling. If our current efforts toward abstinence aren’t having the intended results, perhaps we need to step back and rethink our strategies.

    • Daniel Rose

      Indeed. We have to remember that it’s God honoring marriages that we are after. This makes the story bigger and changes the way we think about what it is exactly we are communicating. Not only the “what” but also the “why”. This is a bit of a paradigm shift.

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