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Mutuality | Blog + Magazine | Spring 2009

The print + digital magazine of CBE International

Mutuality offers articles from diverse writers who share egalitarian theology and explore its intersection with everyday life.

Blog + Magazine Articles

The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of CBE International or its members.

Pornography and the Church

Spring 2009

Volume: 16 | Number: 1

Pornography and the Church

This issue of Mutuality discuss the problem of pornography among Christians, with a focus on how troubling theological beliefs about the nature of men and women are reflected in pornography.

Contents

Flesh of My Flesh
By: Megan Greulich | March 5, 2009
In a startling study, researcher Ryan Burns found a direct correlation between men’s porn use and their beliefs in traditional roles for women. 

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Beauty for Ashes
By: Lisa L. Thompson | March 5, 2009
The bottom line is God did not create any woman to be a prostitute, a stripper, a porn star, or to feel like she must pursue an endless quest for physical perfection.

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Sin Does Not Discriminate
By: Naomi Eden | March 5, 2009
Myths about sexuality are not just confined to our broader culture. They exist in our churches as well.

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Fully Human
By: Gerald W. Ford | March 5, 2009
A pastor and counselor responds to pornography

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Authentic Masculinity; Authentic Relationships
By: Jennifer and Luke Reynolds | March 5, 2009
Ultimately, the norms of male domination — expressed through pornography — are the opposite of authentic masculinity. Pornography imprisons women in the grasp of insecure and dominant men.

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Let's Talk about Pornography
By: Sara Lynn Wilhelm, Andrew Garbers | March 5, 2009
Sara and I wanted to write a letter to you about something we don’t often talk about: pornography. If you are anything like me, you were introduced to pornography at a fairly young age. 

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Trash to Treasure
By: Kimberly Renee Gunvaldson | March 5, 2009
I had been taught that women had supportive roles in family life. I had been taught the church family was no different. Equal in Christ, with different appointments, all important; there was no favoritism with my Creator.

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What Wounds One, Wounds All
By: Mimi Haddad | March 5, 2009
Though often indulged in secret, the impact is widely felt and impossible to escape as it shapes a devaluation of women. Yet in loving one another as Christ did, we recognize that what injures one member in Christ’s body hurts all.

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Luke Reynold's A New Man
By: Matthew Gemmill | March 15, 2009
Drawing from his own experience of pornography addiction, Reynolds calls men, in his book A New Man, to reject any conception of masculinity that sees porn use as a natural—or, even worse, an essential—part of being a man.  

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