The chapter analyses the mainline Lutheran, Calvinist, and Anglican models of sex, marriage, and family and their gradual liberalization by Enlightenment liberalism. The theological differences between these models can be traced to their grounding in Lutheran two kingdoms doctrines, Calvinist covenantal theology, Anglican commonwealth theory, and Enlightenment contractarian logic. Lutherans consigned primary marital jurisdiction to the territorial prince or urban council.
In this Wednesday, Aug. Larson said the church needed new leadership in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against church founder Bill Hybels. As the Catholic Church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers.
New research from LifeWay reveals that Protestant churchgoers have mixed feelings about their church's ability to handle sexual misconduct when it happens within their congregations. The research consisted of online questionnaires of 1, Americans starting in late February and concluding April 8. Respondents were screened to include adults whose religious preference is some kind of Protestant denomination — Southern Baptists were heavily sampled — and who attend services at least once per month.
Thirty-five years later, Debbie Vasquez's voice trembled as she described her trauma to a group of Southern Baptist leaders. She was 14, she said, when she was first molested by her pastor in Sanger, a tiny prairie town an hour north of Dallas. It was the first of many assaults that Vasquez said destroyed her teenage years and, at 18, left her pregnant by the Southern Baptist pastor, a married man more than a dozen years older.
These developments come at a time when many United Methodists in the United States have a more accepting view toward homosexuality. In addition, about half of U. Members of all major religious traditions have become even more likely to favor legal same-sex marriageaccording to a Pew Research Center survey conducted inthe most recent year for which data are available.
The three companies that insure the majority of Protestant churches in America say they typically receive upward of reports each year of young people under 18 being sexually abused by clergy, church staff, volunteers or congregation members. The figures released to The Associated Press offer a glimpse into what has long been an extremely difficult phenomenon to pin down — the frequency of sex abuse in Protestant congregations. The church has revealed that there have been 13, credible accusations against Catholic clerics since
In the mids Fundamentalists and Evangelicals decided to abandon their long tradition of quietism and political passivity and to engage instead in politics. Through increased participation in politics, conservative Protestants largely contributed to the dramatic alteration in the national political balance. No longer marginal, they constitute nowadays a key element in American public life and a serious political force to be reckoned with Rozwell and Wilcox, The dynamic and complex interplay between conservative Protestantism and political conservatism during the s stands as a dominant theme in contemporary American history.
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The views of religions and religious believers range widely, from giving sex and sexuality a rather negative connotation to believing that sex is the highest expression of the divine. Some religions distinguish between sexual activities that are practised for biological reproduction sometimes allowed only when in formal marital status and at a certain age and other those practised only for sexual pleasure in evaluating relative morality. Sexual morality has varied greatly over time and between cultures.