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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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Conclusion

Conclusion

Paths of Desire

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(p.155) Conclusion
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Christians under Covers
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Kelsy Burke

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520286320.003.0007

Evangelicals endorse a bounded sense of proper sexuality, but they use the internet to expand and reshape those borders. This conclusion discusses the implications of this construction of godly sex, considering how the creators and users of Christian sexuality websites produce openings and closures for lived religion, sexual bodies, and the boundaries that surround “normal.” Like “desire paths” (those trails that are formed where people tend to walk), Christian sexuality websites are alternative paths to religious beliefs about sex that may travel alongside established religious traditions, but they also may cut corners, extend further, or even go in a different direction. Like desire paths, which may irrevocably alter a natural ecosystem, Christian sexuality websites transform what religion and sexuality can be in the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   sexuality, internet, evangelical, boundaries, normal, desire paths, lived religion

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