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Denny Wayman

Normalizing Pornography

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In today's "Prism ePistle" - the e-mail newsletter of "Evangelicals for Social Action" they quote a book that is truly disturbing. I'm also seeing an unbelievable increase in addiction to pornography in my counseling. But if our culture takes the next step and we "approve what is evil" so that our children aspire to do this type of film-making, then it is going to be devastating on both our sexuality and our culture. It would rise, IMHO, to the level of a Sodom-type culture where our young are acculturated into deviance and have less chance to create a healthy sexuality.

3. NORMALIZING PORNOGRAPHY: What are the costs?  What can WE do?

Take a moment to read about the impact that the growing porn industry

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Thanks for posting this, Denny. I've been noticing the widespread acceptance of porn recently and was wondering if it was just me being less naive or if it really was gaining more acceptance.

The flagrant sexuality of Greek and Roman cultures seem to be well known and I've wondered if that hastened those cultures eventual breakdown. I'm sure that's simplistic but I wonder a cultures view on the sacredness of sexuality can be linked to its eventual implosion. I just ran across this articleyesterday about the growing number of young women being sexually active. This is even more disturbing to think that in a few months I'll begin raising a child in this culture.

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MichaelRay wrote:

: The flagrant sexuality of Greek and Roman cultures seem to be well known and I've

: wondered if that hastened those cultures eventual breakdown.

I believe Gibbons theorized that it was actually the Christianization of the Roman Empire in the early 4th century that led to its demise in the 5th century, at least in the West (it did survive a few centuries more in the East, under the name Byzantine, until Islam came along).

The Greeks were flagrantly sexual as far back as the famous poems and plays that were written several centuries B.C., and the Romans had their share of decadence in the first century A.D. and beyond (witness the Satyricon), but the Empire hit its peak in the 2nd century, if I'm not mistaken.

What any of this means, I dunno.

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MattPage   

Interesting post.

FWIW I flagged up some of these issues in the Girl Next Door thread, particularly in this post. That film typifies the trend I believe (although I've not seen the actual film, so I can't comment on whether it is simply buying into the trend or trying to point out the problems with it.

Matt

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