The current moral upheaval demands a return to biblical ethics and a rejection of the new morality

Many free-wheeling moderns call it “the name of the game.” Episcopal chaplain Earl Brill of American University claims it is dead. Billy Graham says decaying civilizations become obsessed with it. Sociologist Lee Rainwater reports that the middle class enjoys it more than the lower class. Brandeis University’s Catholic chaplain Joseph Walsh believes the attitude college students and adolescents have toward it is becoming the prime worry of the public. Hugh Hefner asserts that our society has too long and too rigorously suppressed it. What are they all talking about? The same thing nearly everyone else is candidly discussing these days: sex.

The Western world is now undergoing a sexual revolution perhaps more debilitating than any other moral upheaval in recent centuries. Along with the accelerated passion to examine, explain, and experience all aspects of man’s total environment, people today are operating on the premise, suggests psychiatrist Rollo May, that everyone has the duty to live the full, free, uninhibited life. As self-centered people carry this attitude into the realm of sexual behavior, established moral standards are being overtly challenged; unrestrained, exploitive, and lascivious patterns of behavior are becoming commonplace. Sexual sins have continually been a part of man’s life, but the mounting incidence of promiscuity, premarital intercourse, prostitution, adultery, illegitimate births, homosexuality, prurient nudity in public, pornography, and various sexual aberrations at all levels of society today causes even long-time liberals to blanch. The West cannot afford to forget the lesson of history that a civilization ...

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