Category: Sex

Sex ed for Christians

Two years ago I sat in a parent-packed auditorium waiting to find out what our fifth graders would be learning in their first round of sex education. Since our family had just switched from a Christian school to a public one, I wondered what I’d hear. The night was tame enough, at least from the instructor. She assured parents our fifth graders really got “puberty ed” - all body hair, body odor,…  [more]

Russell Brand on the problem of porn

It’s not every day that a celebrity known for shocking behavior, tight pants and over-the-top comedy crafts a homily on the catastrophe that is modern-day porn culture. The fact that Russell Brand has just issued one of the most powerful, personal, effective and even prophetic messages on the subject of pornography is simply fascinating. Comic dandy Brand may not be the first person that comes to mind when…  [more]

A husband and wife walk into the Fifty Shades of Grey movie…

Author’s note: In an attempt to engage Fifty Shades of Grey from a Christian perspective, my wife and I attended a Valentine’s Day screening of the movie, which details the sexual relationship between a literature student and a young billionaire. The conversation below captures the dialogue we had immediately following the film. Lauren: I don’t know that I have ever been to a movie premiere that…  [more]

The higher love modeled by The Imitation Game

There’s a powerful scene in the Oscar-nominated, World War II drama The Imitation Game, in which the brilliant, code-breaking mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) tells the woman he is about to marry (Keira Knightley) that he’s gay. Her poignant response was profoundly illumining for me. It seemed to embody a love that was bigger than mere sexual orientation. Alan Turing: There’s…  [more]

Three-parent babies? Let’s not forget about begetting

Every few months, a story pops up about a new frontier in reproductive medical technologies: so-called “three-parent IVF.” NPR recently reported on efforts in Britain to allow embryos created via this technique to be transferred into women’s uteruses, while a New York Times Magazine cover article last summer focused on whether the Federal  Drug Administration would approve human clinical…  [more]

Egg freezing and the facts of life

Apple and Facebook recently made headlines with their decision to cover the medical costs for female employees who want to freeze their eggs. Many fertility clinics now advertise this as a procedure one might choose in order to “pursue educational, career or other personal goals.” These headlines were a fresh reminder that Protestant Christians often ignore the ethical implications of reproductive…  [more]

TC at Level Ground’s Chicago Road Show

If you're in the Chicago area this weekend, I hope you'll join me Saturday for Level Ground's Chicago Road Show, where I'll be representing Think Christian and leading a movie workshop. It promises to be a day of important dialogue about faith, gender, film and sexuality. My session, scheduled for 4 p.m., is entitled "The Art of Empathy." We'll be screening scenes from a handful of LGBT-themed…  [more]

The other reason not to look at those nude celebrity photos

If the stolen photos of naked female celebrities have taught us anything this week, it is that there is a difference between those who consume pornography and peeping toms. Unlike past glimpses of celebrity skin, this instance is particularly disturbing because of the means used to acquire them. The images – including some of actress Jennifer Lawrence and model Kate Upton - were stolen. And they were not…  [more]

Should Christians watch sexually explicit movies?

With the July 8 DVD release of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac – a two-part art film in which a woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg) recounts her excessive sexual exploits to a philosophical older man (Stellan Skarsgard) – I thought I’d revisit a May piece I wrote for Reel Spirituality on Nymphomaniac and how Christians should engage sexually provocative movies. You can read the entire article here.…  [more]

It’s a (tbd)!

“There’s no more nature.” So one character tells another in Samuel Beckett’s absurdist 1957 play Endgame. Theatre of the Absurd, including Endgame, portrays the human condition absent any purpose, rationality or meaning - a picture, essentially, of life after the death of God. The term “endgame” refers to the final stage of a game when all meaningful moves have been played out. I…  [more]

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