The Church of England, which earlier this year approved women bishops in a historic vote, has signaled its strong commitment to tackling gender-based violence both in the church and across all levels of society.
"Gender-based violence is one of the greatest injustices in our world today. Every time an act of violence is committed, the inherent dignity of the women or girl affected is degraded. Having seen the after-effects of this violence during a recent visit to the DRC, I know all too well just how destructive it can be. The Church is already supporting and caring for those affected; it must continue in that work and must condemn the notion that such violence is ever acceptable," the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in a statement.
He added that the Church "cannot pretend that we are not aware of the reality of gender-based violence." more >>
Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson has recently claimed that a teenage boy brought up by his single mother is showing signs of being gay because of the absence of a father figure.
During the "Bring It On" segment on an episode of the long-running series "The 700 Club," Robertson received a written question from a viewer named "Kristi."
Nearly two-thirds of American men watch pornography monthly and Christian men are paying nearly equal attention to the lustful practice, according to a study conducted by the Barna Group for Proven Men.
The study, which also highlighted the porn viewing habits of women, said Christian men were also watching pornography at work at the same rate as secular men. It further pointed out that 33 percent of men between the ages of 18 and 30 are either addicted to pornography or unsure if they are. Overall, 18 percent of American men, approximately 21 million, think they are either addicted or are unsure if they are addicted to porn.Table 1.1 Frequency of pornography viewing by menPornography Viewing 18-30 31-49 50-68 over 68several times a day 9% 10% 2% 0%at least once daily 20% 11% 6% 0%several times a week 34% 17% 17% 4%several times a month 12% 21% 13% 13%at least once a month 4% 8% 11% 11%a few times a year 3% 10% 16% 16%less often 12% 20% 24% 54%never 7% 3% 2% 3% Table 1.2 Frequency of pornography viewing by self-identified Christian menPornography Viewing Christian Non-Christianseveral times a day 7% 3%at least once daily 12% 10%several times a week 18% 29%several times a month 15% 14%at least once a month 12% 9%a few times a year 9% 17%less often 25% 12%never 3% 6%
According to the study, only two in 10 women watch pornography at least monthly, and Christian women watch porn at half that rate. more >>
Dating website ChristianMingle.com is the backdrop for a romantic comedy that will be released in select theaters throughout the U.S. this fall.
"When Corbin Bernsen approached us with the idea of using ChristianMingle's name and likeness for the movie, we were honored and thrilled to allow him to do so," James Green, general manager for ChristianMingle.com told The Christian Post about the film that will be in theaters in October.
"It has been a fun and exciting process to see the Christian Mingle movie come to fruition, and we hope the film has a profound impact by highlighting the importance of accepting Christ and even inspiring singles to find God's match for them," Green added. more >>
The minority Christian community in Pakistan is said to be outraged following the rape of a 12-year-old Christian girl in Lahore by two Muslim men. Christian advocates have said Muslims often use sexual violence as a means of controlling the Christian population, especially women and girls.
"In Pakistan rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls, who come from poor and marginalized families. It is a form of violence that wants to reiterate the submission to Muslims. The rest of society is not outraged because the victims mostly belong to religious minorities, who are the most vulnerable. Rarely rapists are punished," Christian lawyer Sardar Mushtaq Gill told Fides News Agency.
"Furthermore, rape victims face terrible difficulties; they do not receive adequate medical treatment for sexual assault. Many girls are traumatized and become depressed and in need of psychological assistance," Gill added. more >>
Evangelical men who remain abstinent have a difficult time when it comes to sex after marriage because most lack support within the church to openly discuss their newfound sex lives and oftentimes still deal with confusion and temptations, says Sarah Diefendorf, a Seattle-based sociologist.
In 2008, Diefendorf began going to weekly support group meetings comprised of 15 men affiliated with an unidentified, southwestern megachurch. Each man had pledged to remain a virgin until marriage but once Diefendorf caught up with them in 2012, their support group had disintegrated and many admitted that they still wrestled with establishing a healthy sex life.
Diefendorf asserts Christian men "still struggle with issues like excessive pornography viewing, masturbation. A few of them were worried that they might want to have an affair. They're still struggling with these things, but they no longer have an outlet to work through them …," said Diefendorf in an interview with New Republic. more >>