Date of Award
Dr. Joe Davis
Pornography, recently declared a public health risk, has become an increasingly large problem for society, in particular, the church. The users of pornography span across the board, including men, women, adolescents, children, and even clergy. Pornography has been shown to have detrimental effects in the marriage and family. It also presents a distorted view of sexuality, increasing violent sexual attitudes and other deviancies. As the pornographic industry targets younger audiences, they are more easily hooked due to psychological phenomena and physical changes to the brain that result from pornographic use. All these issues find expression in the life of the church, where believers are ensnared in a sinful lifestyle that causes spiritual, sexual and familial dysfunction, damages their witness, and cripples their effectiveness for the gospel. All the while, pornography continues to degrade and abuse women. In order to mitigate these problems, the church will need to redeem sexuality through discipleship, reclaiming language, counseling, software, spiritual discipline, and accountability.
Diaz, Dillon A., "THE PORNOGRAPHY PANDEMIC: IMPLICATIONS, SCOPE AND SOLUTIONS FOR THE CHURCH IN THE POST-INTERNET AGE" (2018). Selected Honors Theses. 127.