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What Is Going On in Christian Sex Education?

By E. S. Williams
August 2010 | Review by Sheila Stephen

Synopsis

Sex education has proved to be a difficult issue for Christians. In view of the crisis in teenage pregnancies and the epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, some believe that young people desperately need accurate and reliable information on sex and relationships so that they can make healthy informed choices. In an attempt to meet this need, a Christian version of sex education is being promoted by a number of organisations, the most prominent of which is CARE. But is it possible to combine the messages of sex education with the teachings of Scripture? What should parents teach their children about sexual conduct? What is going on in Christian Sex Education? sets out to answer these questions from a biblical perspective. The messages of Christian sex education are described in graphic detail, and compared with the divine plan for sexual conduct. The light of biblical truth reveals the inherent flaws in Christian sex education.

  • Publisher: Belmont House Publishing Ltd
  • ISBN: 978-0954849337
  • Pages: 118
  • Price: £4.00
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Book Review

Dr Williams is a former Director of Public Health and has conducted his own research into sex education.

Much of the book is given over to a critique of CARE’s sex education policy. So why should you read this book? Firstly, to become informed. Our next government will no doubt seek to bring in new policies on this subject and parents need to have accurate information if they are going to fight their corner for a right to exclude their children from sex education in schools.

Secondly, because Chapter 4, ‘God’s plan for sexual conduct and the sexual revolution’, provides material to help parents think through what to teach their own children. And Christian parents can easily devolve this responsibility elsewhere!

We may well read the book and come to share the author’s condemnation of CARE’s practice of engaging with secular society in the way that it does over sex education. But CARE is not the only Christian organisation that takes a ‘harm minimisation’ approach to social issues.

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