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How should we understand and live out biblical teaching about sexuality and marriage today?
As religion’s influence in Western society wanes, fewer and fewer people are drawing meaning from God’s word and authority. So, what’s stepped into this ideological vacuum? Where can we turn for meaning and purpose?
Often, the answer is sex. The unfettered pursuit of sexual ‘freedom’ is increasingly seen as a social good. Our culture and day-to-day contexts are no longer just post-Christian and secular, but sexular. If you’re having the kind of sex you want to have and fighting for others’ right to do the same, you must be a fulfilled and enlightened person – or so the accepted narrative goes.
In that narrative, traditional interpretations of sexuality and marriage have gone from good to bad to dangerous, and many people – in the church as much as anywhere – have questions. However, constructive conversation around this divisive issue is often found lacking.
As disciples, we need wisdom for the way forward. In the midst of such contentious discussions, we need to have a better conversation – one where the outcome isn’t just a solution to a problem, but an attractive and faithful vision for what sexuality could be when lived out in the light of God’s purposes. So, we’ve gathered a diverse group of Christians to contribute towards this Wisdom Lab to have that conversation.
Recorded on Zoom on 31 March 2022
As part of their contribution to this Wisdom Lab, each speaker wrote a blog article exploring their topic further:
A four-part devotional series by Dr Andrew Goddard reflecting on what Scripture says about what it means to be sexual beings, looking at the living word and what it looks like to live it in our everyday lives.
Blog articles which engage with issues in our culture, considering how we might respond in our everyday lives in a Christlike way: