Worldview and Sexuality: Ideas Have Consequences

Jennifer Roback Morse, in an excellent article on the Sexual Revolution:

The modern world is living out the Revolutionary view of sexuality and of the cosmos. We act as if we believe that we are alone in a meaningless and indifferent universe, as if we ourselves have no intrinsic value, that our sexual acts have no meaning apart from the meaning we assign them, that our sexual acts are simply the actions of mindless particles bumping into each other from no particular cause at all, and with no particular purpose in mind.

In other words, the hook-up culture is a metaphor for our beliefs about the cosmos. And the rich and powerful people of our country are enforcing this view of the cosmos and of sexuality upon us all, whether we like it or not.

The ancient Christian view of all these matters is quite different. We believe that God loved the universe into existence, that God wishes us to participate in this love. We believe that the marriage between one man and one woman is a symbol of God’s faithful covenant with his people. We believe that every sexual act is deeply meaningful, whether we recognize that meaning or not. We believe that the human body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, not a toy, or a shell, or an empty vessel.

—Jennifer Roback Morse, “The Sexual Revolution Reconsidered,” The City (Winter 2015), 46–47 (emphasis mine).

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.


  1. BotemT on March 31, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Hello, Mark. When can we expect to see the Winter 2015 edition on the Civiate website?

    • Mark Ward on March 31, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I’m afraid this is literally the one publication I read on dead tree pulp, so I haven’t paid attention to the timing of the release of the electronic version.

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