I would like to share some interesting links I found via ChristDot. You will find links to the corresponding Christdot page instead of the article itself (in case I am talking about a news story or similar) because in this way you can also see the discussion at the ChristDot site. I think this greatly adds to our study of the Church’s pastoral attitude towards pornography.
Some of the stories link to old news that are no longer online, but I put those here anyway because the discussion is highly relevant, in my opinion.
Group helping Christian men fight sexual addiction: A note about Pure Life Ministries. On principle, I thorougly reject any approach to sexual sin as an addiction, and this includes any approach to porn as “an addiction”. Sin is sin and is addictive and attractive in and of itself as a necessary corollary for all depraved beings. But the discussion is a good read.
Porn, The Web, and Church: An introduction to the well-known XXXChurch.com ministry. This is a great ministry and in my opinion is the “less flawed one” in its pastoral approach to pornography. The guys running this show deserve our sincere kudos and thanks. However, it still suffers from problems common to a flawed pastoral attitude towards pornography. Great discussion and testimonials in the ChristDot discussion page.
Christian… nudes?!?: A story discussing some of the points on artistic nudity that I also covered in my two last articles on porn. I would like to note this mistaken, all too common notion in one comment:
As far as I understand, nudes in old statues (Greek, Roman, later European art) were not made with the calculated intent to arouse sexual desire in the audience […] I don’t think most people looking at statues such as Michelangelo’s David or old European statues and paintings of nude women (usually chubby by modern standards) get sexually aroused. (If you have, I don’t know what to say.)
This is what most people think. But I am afraid they are wrong. Many great nude art masterpieces were made with the intent to arouse; not perhaps like a hardcore porn flick of today, but more in a “teasing” sense. But after all is said and done, I think it is almost impossible not to feel the overpowering and arousing erotic atmosphere on works such as Ingres’ The Turkish Bath.
Pornstar Vampires: Confessions of a sinner: This is a moving testimony that could seem to many a little over the top; but I believe the guy is sincere. As a sidenote, this quote would be interesting to those who say that women in porn are poor objectified victims of evil men who use them to satisfy their basest desires:
The girls that do [pornography], and I’ve met quite a few, most of them have NOT been “suckered into it by friends or lovers”. Most of them willingly chose this lifestyle. Thats not to say that there arent girls out there who DO get suckered or forced in to it, there sure are!! But every single one I ever met, lived it, loved it, and wanted more. and the sick part about all of it, the more twisted you get, the sicker you get, the darker and more twisted the things your willing to do, the more you get paid. […] These people WILLINGLY choose to be in this lifestyle, and have this mindset.
I’m running out of time, so I will put more links later. I will appreciate any comments and relevant discussion.