Mark Regnerus' Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers. - By Hanna Rosin - Slate Magazine
|Apparently evangelical teens like to get busy. I remember a very wise old mentor I had used to warn young people against praying together with your girl/boyfriend that it would lead to sex. He would say that spirituality and sexuality are not the same thing, but they are very closely related. His theory was that kids whose spiritual lives were closely intertwined were more likely to have sex.|
It would be interesting if the research of this article was broken down a little further. Evangelicals are not all the same. Is there a difference between charismatics and non-charismatics? What about those who only use the KJV vs. those who don't? Could we break it down by denomination?
The research says: apparently religion is not as important when it comes to purity as religiosity is. Kids with hard core commitments to their faith are those who abstain. "The ideal conditions are a group of pledgers who form a self-conscious minority that perceives itself as special, even embattled."
Interestingly enough, the article's author wrote another piece in Nov 06, "Mommy, What's an Evangelical?" That attempts to explain the difference between evangelicals and fundamentalists.