Affirmations and Complications About the Uses of Sexual Media Over Time from a Religious Perspective
The two of us are surprised and pleased to find ourselves writing a response to the Target Article (Leonhardt, Spencer, Butler, & Theobald, 2018) on sexual media and its influence on short-term and long-term sexual quality. We come to this task not as specialists in sexual media specifically, nor as scholars of sexual behavior generally, nor even as social scientists. We do, however, attend to writings in philosophy and the social sciences as scholars and professors of Christian theology (Moore-Keish) and Christian theological ethics (Douglas), with deep investment in the question of human sexuality in the context of wider questions of what it means to be truly human (theological anthropology).
As a part of the broad field of theological anthropology, human sexuality has played a significant role in the Christian imagination, for better and for worse. The two of us regularly teach a class together at Columbia Theological Seminary on “The Theology and Ethics of Human Sexuality.” In that...
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