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True Love Waits? January 1, 2009

Posted by rationalskeptic in Evangelical, Society and Culture, Studies.
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To bad it doesn't work
To bad it doesn’t work

Evangelical Christians have promoted abstinence with their “True Love Waits” campaign for years. Well science shows us once again that such pledges really do not work.

(It’s important to point out that just because an idea feels right, it may turn out to be false in light of new evidence,¬†and science is the only method we have to falsify or verify such claims.)
I grew up in a Southern Baptist family, and my church was on the “True Love Waits” bandwagon year after year. These kinds of campaign¬†would typically cause me to be more curious about sex (or any other “sin” they campaigned against), and led me to participate in these activities at an early age. If this stuff wasn’t stuffed down so many teenagers throats, then maybe the Christians would actually start seeing the results that they have been praying for.
Let’s just go to the studies:
“Both groups lost their virginity at an average age of 21, had about three lifetime partners, and had similar rates of STDs. ‘And the majority were having premarital sex, over 50 percent,’ says Rosenbaum. Overall, roughly 75 percent of pledgers and non-pledgers were sexually active, and about one in five was married. “
I think that this quote from the article sums it up very nicely:
Overall pledge takers were no different from non-pledge takers in terms of their premarital sex, anal and oral sexual practices, and their probability of having a sexually transmitted disease.”
*Click the “True Love Waits” logo for the CNN article.
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