If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Christian parents and youth workers over the years, it’s that they want the best for their kids. One area where many of us have struggled to teach God’s best is in the area of God’s grand and glorious gift of sex and sexuality. That struggle has played out in the church in a variety of ways, including the fact that for our evangelical teens and young adults, sex outside of marriage has become increasingly morally acceptable. What is the extent of premarital sexual activity among our unmarried young people in the church? And, how can we respond to these current trends in ways that effectively teach kids to both glorify God and experience sexual flourishing? We’ll tackle these and other matters as we chat with sociologist and researcher Dr. David Ayers, on this episode of Youth Culture Matters.
Resources, links, or other helpful tools mentioned in the podcast:
Grove City College
Current Sexual Practices of Evangelical Teens and Young Adults
Institute for Family Studies
Sexual Integrity Initiative
The General Social Survey
National Survey of Family Growth
Passport 2 Purity
CPYU Helpful Handout – Roo: Planned Parenthood’s 24/7 Teen Sex Educator
CPYU Helpful Handout – Roo: Questions And Answers
Books mentioned or helpful to the conversation:
Christian Marriage: A Comprehensive Introduction by David Ayers
Gods of the Upper Air: How A Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century by Charles King
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