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March 26, 2007

On Campuses, Purity is a ’Relic’

In reaction to college campuses marked by condom machines in dorms, student-run porn publications, and "Desperate Coeds," some students are forming abstinence groups in hopes of turning around the sex-saturated culture. At Harvard, one such group sent freshmen a valentine with the message: "Why wait? Because you're worth it."

Seems that didn’t sit too well with peers of a more modern viewpoint. Coed Rebecca Singh grumbled: "I think they thought that we might not be 'ruined' yet. It's a symptom of that culture we have that values a woman on her purity. It's a relic."

A culture, I might add, that values other "archaic" concepts like courage, wisdom, self-control, and perseverance.

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Chrisitanity needs to be study the culture when making recommendations to make them applicible, and avoid arguements such as the above. Let's stop talking about virginity. Many people are no longer virgins and unable to return to that status. Its about chastity for both men and women. After all if one gender isn't having sex, the other won't be able to either. And chastity is the standard for single, divorced, widowed, young, and old.

Regis Nicoll

Carol—I’m not sure I understand “avoid arguements (sic) such as above.” My point was that sexual purity, or chastity as you refer to, is not a vestige of some antiquated moral code, but part of a timeless standard that has been universally respected, if not actually observed. I agree that everyone is called to chaste living, regardless of what mistakes they may have made in the past.

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