Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:03

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Written by  Tim Challies
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Love Thy Body

by Nancy Pearcey


It is always a big deal when Nancy Pearcey releases a new book. It’s a special pleasure when that release is timed for the beginning of a new year. Such is the case with Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality. In this new work she brings her unique voice to some of the most pressing moral issues of our day.

 “In Love Thy Body,” she promises, “we will move beyond click-bait headlines and trendy slogans to uncover the worldview that drives the secular ethic. By learning the core principles of this worldview, you will be able to engage intelligently and compassionately on all of today’s most controversial moral challenges.”


And, indeed, that is exactly what she does and exactly what she delivers. As in all her works, she shows that the prevailing worldview around us is one that involves a two-tiered reality that places theology and morality in the realm of what is private, subjective, and relativistic while placing science in the realm of what is public, objective, and valid for all people. Thus secular science reigns supreme over all other matters, including faith. This then leads to a fact/value split where values are placed in the first realm and facts in the second. Your values are for you to live by, perhaps, but they have no bearing on the rest of humanity.


In Love Thy Body she shows how this very divide is at the heart of so many of today’s moral issues. The world around us neglects the core unity of human beings and instead divides us into two-tiered beings. After a thorough introduction that will get you caught up if you have not read Pearcey’s previous works, she turns her attention to six key issues, each of which can be explained and combated through a right understanding of the secular worldview that underpins them.


Put together, this is a powerful book that brings Pearcey’s unique and uniquely-helpful voice to crucial issues. “We live in a moral wasteland,” she says, “where human beings are desperately seeking answers to hard questions about life and sexuality. But there is hope. In the wasteland we can cultivate a garden. We can discover a reality-based morality that expresses a positive, life-affirming view of the human person—one that is more inspiring, more appealing, and more liberating than the secular worldview.” Read this book to grow in your ability to do that very thing.



The Porn Problem

by Vaughan Roberts


It was just a few years ago that the Christian world was blindsided as it learned about the size and scope of the modern-day porn problem. We learned that a vast percentage of young men, and an increasing percentage of young women, are immersed in porn and have been since their youngest days. We learned that many older men and women are into it as well. This led to a great number of books on the subject as well as a host of resources meant to combat the problem.


One of the latest books is The Porn Problem by Vaughan Roberts. This is the third and most recent entry in a series of short books he has written under the heading “Talking Points.” Each of them brings a distinctly Christian viewpoint to a contemporary issue: Assisted suicide, transgenderism, and now pornography. His purpose is to drive home this point: “The Bible has wonderful news for those who are beginning to feel they will never find victory in the fight against porn. The gospel of Jesus Christ offers complete forgiveness and also a new power by the Holy Spirit to enable us to fight sin and grow in holiness. It really is possible to live porn-free. Jesus is realistic about the power that sin can exert over us, but he also has a message of glorious hope for us, however low we have sunk.”


Roberts approaches the topic by first discussing God’s design in creating human sexuality and by proving “Scripture has a wonderfully high view of sex.” When we understand God’s purpose in sexuality, we soon see that “porn, which is by its nature selfish and unrelational, not only demeans sex; it also harms us.” He next focuses in on the ugliness of porn, showing that it cheapens sex, objectifies people, harms the young, and corrupts its users. And the negative consequences go far beyond that! Then he discusses the slavery of porn and how it enslaves those who commit themselves to it. Concluding chapters discuss the making of true freedom and living a porn-free life. He takes the reader full-circle, from captivity to freedom, from addiction to deliverance.


Overall, this is an excellent little book and a welcome contribution in what has become a crowded field. Until the porn problem crests and ebbs, we will continue to rely on books like this to address the issue and deliver hope. The Porn Problem is accessible because of its brevity and affordable because of its size. This makes it an ideal resources to have on-hand and to make available to anyone who could benefit from it.




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