Here I would like to present five lies that you may believe — lies that make the battle for sexual purity far more difficult.
Lie #1 – Single Christians aren't sexual (or at least they aren't supposed to be).
He was a divorced, non-smoking Catholic and Spanish-to-French translator in the textbook industry.
Just over six feet tall, his credentials included photographs that were not blurry and taken by someone other than himself.
He was handsome, wore glasses, was going slightly gray, and edged a little on the nerdy side: perfect.
I was a 33-year-old Lutheran deacon-in-training trying to convince myself I didn’t want to have sex with him, even though I did.
Early Christians' belief that Jesus' second coming was imminent created an environment that exalted celibacy over marriage.
And that even within marriage, sex wasn't always something that Christians were taught to enjoy and cherish.
A woman is condemned to wear a chastity belt in this miniature from Gratian's Decretum, a 12th century textbook on church doctrine.
Yet I suspect that Mc Cleneghan’s book will be persuasive to many believers who feel some cognitive dissonance when it comes to sex.
(While Christians are likely to say that avoiding sex outside of marriage is a good thing, most engage in it anyway.) For this reason, I decided to chat with her about her views on sex and why she believes the church needs to change its thinking.