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Rotten fruit BY REBECCA GRACE - AFA Journal, March 2008 GETTING TO THE CORE OF TEEN SEX AND RELIGION Teenagers and sex. This day and time it‟s rare to find one without the other, and young evangelicals are no exception. Sociology professor Mark Regnerus has proof. In his recent book, titled Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers, Regnerus reports the findings of 250 interviews and three national surveys, all related to teenage sexuality and religion. “Forbidden Fruit tells the definitive story of the sexual values and practices of American teenagers, paying particular attention to how participating in organized religion shapes sexual decision making,” according to the book jacket. What relationship does religion have to a teen‟s sexual values? Are teens‟ behaviors affected by religion? Are abstinence pledges effective? What does the concept of emotional readiness mean? Regnerus tackles such questions and begins the book by explaining the rationale for his studies. After all, connecting religion to sexual behavior doesn‟t seem as logical as finding a correlation between sex and peer pressure or sex and body image. However, Regnerus writes: “First, religion and sexuality tap basic drives. … Second, religion – together with peers, parents, and the media – remains a primary socialization agent of children and adolescents. … Third, sex is a sphere
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course MAFT 541 taught by Professor Davidp.altopp during the Fall '10 term at Ventura College.

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