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Christians under CoversEvangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet$
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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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Overcoming the Obscene

Overcoming the Obscene

Using Religion to Talk about Sex

(p.54) Two Overcoming the Obscene
Christians under Covers

Kelsy Burke

University of California Press

Chapter 2 investigates evangelicals who create Christian sexuality blogs, message boards, and online stores and examines the tensions they face navigating sex within two seemingly incompatible terrains: conservative evangelical theology and the excesses of sexually explicit and obscene material that are especially pronounced on the internet. Evangelicals use the major tenets of their faith as “spiritual capital” to legitimize online spaces that talk about sex as legitimately Christian. Drawing on their beliefs in personal piety, marital exceptionalism, and God’s omniscience, website creators explain why they are the right kind of Christians to create online spaces to discuss sexuality.

Keywords:   spiritual capital, evangelical, internet, sexuality, religious beliefs, marriage

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