Welcome to Corinth?

An online pornography site is taking its advertising public.

This story about the ad campaign — which I can’t figure out how to link to without linking to, but it would not be appropriate for reading in church, so be warned — calls the ads tasteful. This is a new meaning of the word “tasteful” that is unfamiliar to me.

This is the culture that tells the church it needs to loosen up about sex.

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3 thoughts on “Welcome to Corinth?

  1. John,

    First– I didn’t click on the link (and won’t– thanks for the warning) so I can’t comment on the ad campaign. I will simply take your word about its “sketchiness.”

    But let me suggest a modification to your last sentence.

    This is “one subculture” that tells the church it needs to loosen up about sex.

    I suggest that because, as currently worded, “the culture,” it probably points toward a kind of guilt by association you may not intend– as if anyone who suggests any changes to X teaching or Y attitude about human sexuality would come from the same or even a similar perspective as pornographers about the proper uses of the gift of human sexuality by disciples of Jesus. I am sure you would agree that would not represent a fair assessment of the facts.

    1. Taylor,

      I know there is a lot in the background here, but the post made no explicit or intentionally implicit link to our current debates within the church. When I say the culture tells us to loosen up about sex, I mean the culture that acts — and has acted for 2,000 years — like Christian attitudes about sex are retrogressive or just plain no fun. I’m thinking about the culture that views pornography as more or less a harmless play thing. I recall the first time the TV show “Friends” made causal jokes about the porn-viewing habits of the central characters. In our culture, pornography is accepted as just another personal entertainment choice.

      I might have used the word “world” instead of culture, but I do think it is not merely some subculture. The parts of our society that resist pornography, I would argue, are the subcultures.

      I think cultural attitudes toward sex do inform the way our conversations in the church are shaped, but that was not my point.

      My aim was to point out the disconnect between the church and the world on this issue.

  2. You mean pornography exists??!! When was the last time you heard it mentioned in church? The moral failings of our society are racism, sexism, economic inequality, and lack of inclusion. I rarely hear churches discuss any sin (sorry politically incorrect judgmental word!) that it would be embarrassing to bring up at an A-list Georgetown cocktail party. That’s us transforming the world one socially approved, politically correct, initiative at a time. I appreciate this blog for its courage in trying to seek and face the truth,

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