An article in the CNN BeliefBlog cited a new study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which claims that the percentage of single evangelical Christian young adults (age 18 to 29) that have engaged in sex (80 percent) is nearly the same as the percentage of unmarried adults who have (88 percent). An upcoming article in Relevant magazine will explore the inferences of the results of this survey and the difficulties inherent in the abstinence movement, not the least of which is the increasing age of marriage. Author and Christian thought-leader Scot McKnight theorizes that “sociologically speaking, the one big difference—and it’s monstrous—between the biblical teaching and our culture is the arranged marriages of very young people. If you get married when you’re 13, you don’t have 15 years of temptation.”

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