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Responding to the Sexual Revolution


The Sexual Revolution promised liberation from a constraining Victorian ethic that saw sex as shameful, but ironically it has led to addiction and bondage. This talk traces its ideological and cultural roots from the Enlightenment and the way its ideas have been promulgated and disseminated through the universities, in law, and in medicine, and considers its main drivers: a new ideology, a new morality and the power of narrative. The Bible is rich in teaching on sex and points to its true design, real meaning, and need of redemption. In responding to the sexual revolution, we need to identify its truths, expose its myths but also proclaim sex’s Christological purpose. Our critique needs to begin by acknowledging our own brokenness and failure and discipling the church to know, live, and model marriage and family in a way that makes the world jealous for what we have.