Porn Plague

The Internet is infamous for providing quick and easy access to pornography. Looking back, other developments in technology and communications over the last 25 years began providing mediums of convenience for similar purposes. VCR's and 900 numbers come to mind. Clearly, technological advances make pornography more easily available to greater numbers of people--and people are gobbling it up, creating a multi-billion dollar industry. This is particularly problematic when children are involved.

Although most believe that children should not have access to sexually explicit images, this genuine concern should not distract us from the larger issue, namely, the inherent dangers of pornography for everyone. And yet many people reject the notion that pornographic material is really harmful. They believe that those who argue against its use merely seek to impose their outdated sexual attitudes and norms on others. The implication is that the enlightened among us should realize that lust--the search for unbounded sexual gratification that fuels the pornographer's profit margin--is not a vice after all. Rather, they maintain, it is a natural and healthy part of the human sexual instinct. Christianity has always taught otherwise. We highlight those teachings here. But is there any proof that the Biblical message on this topic contains any validity or relevance for our sexually saturated culture? Is there also a case to be made from sources outside the faith to back that up? Find out through our special focus.

—Leadership University Editor/Webmaster, Byron Barlowe

Feature Articles:

The Pornography Plague
Kerby Anderson
This article defines pornography and describes its different types. It also details the many psychological and social effects of pornography.

The Center for Reclaiming America
This is a chapter from a larger work entitled "Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric." It gives a broad overview of the problems associated with pornography.

Kerby Anderson
Here is general information about Internet pornography and what can be done about it.

Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography
Reviewed by Matthew Scully
Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography was authored by Roger Shattuck. It is reviewed here by Matthew Scully. It might be said that there are some forms of knowledge that are best left unexplored.

Set Free to Follow Christ: Freedom from Pornography
Clay Brown
Personal testimony of a man struggling with sexual addiction.

Related Articles:

Not suitable for TV
Gene Edward Veith
Sex saturates typical TV shows. Do such shows really mirror the culture?

Free From Sexual Addiction
Steve Gallagher
A testimony about sexual problems and addiction.

Hard Truths About the Culture War
Robert Bork
Several issues, including pornography, are discussed in terms of the war on culture.

Featured Site:

Pure Intimacy
A resource for those struggling with online pornography and affairs
Focus on the Family has created this Web site as a practical resource for individuals who want to overcome the grip of online pornography and affairs.

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