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Surviving the “Sexplosion”: Christianity Today and Evangelical Sexual Ethics in the Long 1960s

History Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA
Academic Editors: Randall Balmer and Edward Blum
Religions 2021, 12(2), 112; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12020112
Received: 12 January 2021 / Revised: 4 February 2021 / Accepted: 5 February 2021 / Published: 10 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Evangelicalism: New Directions in Scholarship)
This paper examines how the editors and contributors to Christianity Today (CT) called for an evangelical sexual ethics in the 1960s. Editors and contributors alike were concerned that the supposed sexual immorality on college campuses, the liberalization of obscenity laws, the approval and sale of the birth control, and secular sex education programs threatened the United States’ social health. They believed that evangelicals needed to learn how to talk about sex, and this belief resulted in the development of conservative Protestant sex manuals by the middle of the 1970s. Overall, talk about sex in the pages of CT demonstrates that evangelicals are neither anti-sex nor traditionalists. They instead forged a new sexual ethic in response to the historical events and developments of the 1960s. View Full-Text
Keywords: evangelicalism; the long 1960s; the sexual revolution; sexuality; religion; conservatism; Christianity Today evangelicalism; the long 1960s; the sexual revolution; sexuality; religion; conservatism; Christianity Today
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Pattillo-Lunt, A. Surviving the “Sexplosion”: Christianity Today and Evangelical Sexual Ethics in the Long 1960s. Religions 2021, 12, 112. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12020112

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Pattillo-Lunt A. Surviving the “Sexplosion”: Christianity Today and Evangelical Sexual Ethics in the Long 1960s. Religions. 2021; 12(2):112. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12020112

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Pattillo-Lunt, Aaron. 2021. "Surviving the “Sexplosion”: Christianity Today and Evangelical Sexual Ethics in the Long 1960s" Religions 12, no. 2: 112. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12020112

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