• Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    The Problem With Sex…

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   In an article titled “Protestants and Contraception,”[1] Dr. Evan Lenow of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary explores the link between marriage and procreation, and how contraception has severed this connection. Dr. Lenow does this by looking at the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae, written in 1968 by Pope Paul VI, and the implications it has for marriage and the family. Dr. Lenow teaches Ethics at Southwestern, and so he starts out by detailing the experience some of his students have upon first delving into the course material concerning sexuality and reproductive technologies. He says that he often has a few students approach him in the semester…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Parts I-III

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr.   Introduction The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet…

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    Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part III: Freedom

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do…

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    Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part II: Morality

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do…

  • Blogs,  Vic Stanley

    Tolerance, Morality, & Freedom Part I: Tolerance

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Introduction The following statement is put forth by a friend or acquaintance: “My biggest problem with Christianity is, for one, that Christians seem so intolerant and judgmental, and secondly, their sexual ethic seems to suppress basic human desires and our freedom to live fulfilled lives.” The question now raised is this, what response can be offered by the Christian who truly wants to engage the person who holds these views as well as the culture that shapes them? One can imagine that numerous responses are possible yet not all are plausible, some responses are consistent yet incoherent, and still other responses are coherent yet do…

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    The Black & White of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

    Written by Victor Stanley Jr. Theology & Culture In an article titled “Why I don’t want my daughters to see ‘Fifty Shades’”[i] CNN contributor Ronnie Berke talks about her concern for her daughters watching the movie adapted from the wildly popular erotic novel of the same name. The novel, and subsequently the movie, details a sexual relationship between Dorian Grey and a young woman that involves sadomasochism, which is sexual interactions fueled by the giving and receiving of pain in order to stimulate pleasure.