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NHI Resources on God's Vision for Sex and Marriage

 

Desires, Beliefs, and How We Know Truth

A presentation comparing the role of desire in various belief systems.  Our desires suggest that we have both good and evil in us (we’re made in the image of God & wounded by sin).  This does not prove, but agrees with, the biblical story.  Some desires can be taken up and expanded by Jesus; other desires, Jesus reshapes or transforms.

 

How Our Choices Shape Our Desires: 

Experiencing the Triune God

A message on various biblical passages on how our choices shape our desires

 

Sex, Love, Dating, and Marriage 

Messages on The Song of Songs: A Play in Five Acts

 

God is the Primary Owner of Your Body:

The Purpose and Destiny of Our Bodies

A message on 1 Corinthians 6:19 - 20; see also resources on 1 Corinthians

 

Is Premarital Sex Really Sinful?

An exploration of cultural assumptions and biblical passages

 

Does the Christian Story of Sexuality Make Any Sense at All? 

Sexuality and Social Justice

A message exploring how the Western, individualistic framework of modernism and postmodernism does not give us a relational framework for ethics; that means "sexual freedom" also logically leads to exploitative "economic freedom"

 

Does Jesus Satisfy Our Thirst? 

A message on John 4:1 - 30

 

The Resurrection of Jesus - Its Historicity and Meaning

The foundation of a theological understanding of our bodies, souls, and personhood

Helpful Resources on

Pornography, Prostitution, and the Sex Industry

 

Pornography

 

National Center on Sexual Exploitation (website)

 

Stop Trafficking Demand (website) on the links between porn and prostitution

 

Stop Porn Culture (website)

 

Global Centurion: Fighting Modern Day Slavery by Focusing on Demand (website)

 

Fight the New Drug (website)

 

Culture Reframed (website)

 

Time Magazine Interactive, Addiction and the Brain (Time)

 

Vanessa Grigoriadis, The New Position on Casual Sex (New Yorker Magazine, Jan 13, 2003)

 

Davd Amsden, Not Tonight, Honey. I'm Logging On (New Yorker Magazine, Oct 20, 2003)

 

David Bentley Hart, The Pornography Culture (The New Atlantis, Summer 2004)

 

Pamela Paul, Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families (Amazon, Aug 2006)

 

Michael D. Lemonick, How We Get Addicted (Time, Jul 5, 2007)

 

William M. Struthers, Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain (Amazon book, 2009)

 

Richard Abowitz, Rob Black, Porn’?s Dirty Whistlebower, Spills Trade Secrets (Daily Beast, Apr 21, 2013)

 

Mark Heisler, Role Models for the Id (Truthdig, Apr 25, 2010)

 

Julie Bindel, The Truth About the Porn Industry (Guardian, Jul 2, 2010)

 

Gail Dines, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality (Amazon book, Apr 2011)

 

Gary Wilson, The Great Porn Experiment (TEDxGlasgow, May 16, 2012)

 

Naomi Wolf, The Porn Myth (New Yorker Magazine, Feb 6, 2013)

 

Economist, Why Does Liberal Iceland Want to Ban Online Pornography? (The Economist, Apr 23, 2013)

 

Martin Daubney, Experiment Convinced Me that Online Porn is the Most Pernicious Threat Facing Children Today (Daily Mail UK, Sep 25, 2013)

 

Leonardo Blair, Ex Porn Star Vanessa Belmond Confesses Horrors of Seductive Porn Industry; Brings Porn-Loving Men Close to Tears With Story (Christian Post, Oct 23, 2013)

 

Mary Pulido, Child Porn: Basic Facts About a Horrific Crime (Huffington Post, Oct 17, 2013)

 

Ron Gavrieli, Why I Stopped Watching Porn (TEDx Talk, Oct 26, 2013) notes that porn is about male dominance, and is filmed prostitution

 

Danica Kirka and Jim Gomez, Operation Endeavor: Authorities Dismantle International Pedophile Ring That Live-Streamed Sex Abuse (Huffington Post, Jan 16, 2014)

 

Gregory Ciotti, Is Your Brain Truly Ready for Junk Food, Porn, or the Internet? (Sparring Mind blog)

 

Jamie Utt, One Man's Journey: How I Stopped Watching Porn for 1 Year and Why I'm Not Going Back (blog, Feb 12, 2014)

 

Rick Thomas, Five Sure Fire Ways to Motivate Your Son to Use Pornography (The Gospel Coalition, Feb 13, 2014)

 

Rachel Shteir, When Pornography Pays for College: The Trouble with Belle Knox (Chronicle of Higher Education, Aug 4, 2014)

 

Carl R. Trueman, The Purpose of Pornography (First Things, Aug 5, 2014)

 

The Young Turks, Do These Porn Watching Habits Surprise You? (The Young Turks, Oct 2, 2014) re: women choosing more often to watch lesbian, gay, and teen porn; men choosing teen, milf, mature

 

Luke Geraty, An Open Letter to My Porn-Watching Dad (Faithit, no date)

 

Robert Ferdman, Americans Aren’t Getting Married, and Researchers Think Porn Is Part of the Problem (Washington Post, Dec 21, 2014)

 

FaithIt, This Is How Porn Got a Huge Jumpstart in the World—I Had No Idea (FaithIt video)

 

Matt Fradd, Neuroscience Has Proved That Porn is Literally Making Men's Brains More Childish (LifeSite News, Jan 14, 2015)

 

Fight the New Drug, The Internet's Most Popular Genre of Porn is Disturbing (Fight the New Drug, Jan 27, 2015)

 

John-Henry Westen, Want to Stop Sex-Trafficking? Look to America's Porn Addition (Huffington Post, Jan 28, 2015)

 

Fight the New Drug, Companies That Profit Off Porn: This Year's Dirty Dozen (Fight the New Drug, Jan 30, 2015)

 

Russell Brand, Sex, Softcore and Hardcore Porn (youtube video, Feb 2015)

 

John Jalsevac, Even the Co-Stars Think "Fifty Shades of Gray" Is Awful (and Maybe Even a Bit Like Hitler) (Lifesite News, Feb 11, 2015)

 

Gary Wilson, Your Brain on Porn: Internet Pornography and the Emerging Science of Addiction (Amazon book, Feb 2015)

 

Rescue: Freedom, How Clicking Porn Directly Fuels the Sex Trafficking Industry (video, Mar 2, 2015)

 

Audrey Assad, For Women on Porn Addiction (The Porn Effect website)

 

10 Popular Ex-Porn Stars Share The Raw Reality Behind Their Most Popular Scenes (Fight the New Drug, May 26, 2015)

 

Alyssa Rosenberg, The Uber-ization of Porn (Washington Post, May 29, 2015)

 

Fight the New Drug, The New Epidemic: 2016's Global Porn Problem (Fight the New Drug, Jul 22, 2015)

 

Matt Fradd, 4 Ways Porn Warps the Male Brain (Covenant Eyes, Jul 31, 2015)

 

Dan Gray, The Serious Mental Costs of Watching Porn (Fight the New Drug, Oct 16, 2015)

 

Kassondra Cloos and Julie Turkewitz, Hundreds of Nude Photos Jolt School (NY Times, Nov 6, 2015)

 

Fight the New Drug, Ex-Porn Star Explains Her Past to Newborn Son in This Beautifully Heartfelt Letter (Fight the New Drug, Nov 19, 2015)

 

Charles Camosy, On Pornography, U.S. Catholic Bishops May Find an Unlikely Ally (Religion News Service, Nov 20, 2015)

 

Jonathon Van Maren, Fancy That. Noam Chomsky Was Right About Porn. (LifeSite News, Dec 21, 2015)

 

Nancy Jo Sales, Teen Girls and Social Media: A Story of "Secret Lives" and Misogyny (NPR, Feb 29, 2016)

 

Olga Khazan, Why Straight Men Gaze at Gay Women (The Atlantic, Mar 8, 2016)

 

Nicholas Kristof, Every Parent's Nightmare (NY Times, Mar 10, 2016)  

 

Gail Dines, Is Porn Immoral? That Doesn't Matter: It's a Public Health Crisis (Washington Post, Apr 8, 2016)

 

Samuel D. James, See No Evil (First Things, Apr 27, 2016) regarding porn addiction and how liberal culture fails because of its lack of a positive ethic of relational involvement

 

Top Tenz, Top 10 Dirty Facts About Porn (Top Tenz, May 4, 2016) psychological, neurological facts and industry stats

 

Lori Lowe, New Research Reveals How Porn Affects Relationships (Marriage Gems, May 5, 2016)

 

Fight the New Drug, How to Spot (and Rescue) a Sex Trafficking Victim (Fight the New Drug, Jun 21, 2016)

 

Judith Shulevitz, It’s O.K., Liberal Parents, You Can Freak Out About Porn (NY Times, Jul 16, 2016)

 

Bec Cranford-Smith, Progressive Evangelical Female's Story of Pornography and Sexual Addiction (Patheos, Sep 10, 2016)

 

Gail Dines, Why Porn Is a Public Health Crisis (Culture Reframed, Nov 28, 2016) and video of Gail Dines, Why Porn Is a Public Health Crisis (Culture Reframed, Feb 20, 2017) and Gail Dines, Extensive Research into the Harms of Pornography on Children and Young People (Culture Reframed, Jun 27, 2017)

 

Margaret Talbot, The Attorney Fighting Revenge Porn (The New Yorker, Dec 5, 2016)

 

Brooke Jarvis, Can We "Cure" the Men Who Pay for Sex? (GQ, Feb 2, 2017) attempts at rehabilitating men who pay for sex

 

Andrew Brown, The Danger of Porn Goes Beyond Sex - It Normalizes Unchecked Desire (The Guardian, Jul 17, 2017) insightful, and exposes the weakness in secular leftist thought since there is no check on the desire

 

Fight the New Drug, How Porn Fuels Sex Trafficking (Fight the New Drug, Aug 23, 2017)

  

The Young Turks, How AI Is Being Used To Create Fake Porn (The Young Turks, Jan 30, 2018)

 

Jeet Heer, The Triumph of Porn Over Social Conservatism (New Republic, Jan 17, 2018)

 

Maggie Jones, What Teenagers Are Learning from Online Porn (NY Times Magazine, Feb 7, 2018)

 

Scott Beauchamp, The Pornification of Everything (The American Conservative, Jun 7, 2018) 

 

Andrew Dugan, More Americans Say Pornography is Morally Acceptable (Gallup, Jun 5, 2018) from 36% in 2017 to 43% in 2018

 

Kaitlyn Tiffany, Pornhub Wants to Be a Lifestyle Brand (Vox, Sep 14, 2018)

 

Sasha Savitsky, How Brittni De La Mora Left the Porn Industry for Relationship with God: 'I Didn't Want to Admit I Made a Mistake' (Fox News, Jan 4, 2019)

 

John and Julie Gottman, Renowned Relationship Therapists Drs. Julie and John Gottman Release "Open Letter on Porn" (Fight the New Drug, Feb 19, 2019)

Sex Robots

 

Eva Wiseman, Sex, Love, and Robots: Is This the End of Intimacy? (Guardian, Dec 13, 2015)

 

Max Opray, Robots May Change the Sex Industry But Could They Replace Intimacy? (Guardian, Apr 4, 2017)

 

Jenny Kleeman, The Race to Build the World's First Sex Robots (Guardian, Apr 27, 2017)

 

Trace William Cowen, Get a Closer Look at the $15,000 Sex Robot Set to Be Unveiled Later This Year (Complex, Apr 28, 2017)

 

Karen Turner, The Pros and Cons of Having Sex with Robots (Vox, Jan 12, 2018) interview with author Neil McArthur, Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (Amazon, Oct 13, 2017)

 

 Sean Illing, Sex Robots Are Coming. We Might Even Fall in Love with Them (Vox, May 11, 2018)

 

E.J. Dickson, Sex Doll Brothels Are Now a Thing. What Will Happen to Real-Life Sex Workers? (Vox, Nov 26, 2018)

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