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Kelsy Burke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286320

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286320.001.0001

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Godly Sex

Godly Sex

A New Evangelical Sexual Logic

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(p.29) One Godly Sex
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Christians under Covers
Author(s):

Kelsy Burke

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286320.003.0002

Chapter 1 examines how some evangelicals draw from existing religious doctrine to talk about sex in strikingly different ways than evangelicals in the past did, constructing a new sexual logic for what counts as “godly sex.” On the one hand, they draw from familiar evangelical beliefs to set the boundaries for who is allowed to be sexual—only married, heterosexual, monogamous couples. On the other hand, these evangelicals draw from salient cultural ideas that emphasize individualism, personal choice, and distinguished tastes in order to make claims about what is sexually possible for those with permission to be sexual. In doing so, they uphold the major tenets of their evangelical faith but also keep up with contemporary secular values about sex.

Keywords:   evangelical, individualism, sex, marriage, heterosexual, marriage

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