More Than Moral Indignation

God, Sex, and You: An Evangelical Perspective, by M. O. Vincent (Holman, 1971, 200 pp., $4.95), I Married You, by Walter Trobisch (Harper & Row, 1971, 135 pp., $4.95, and paperback, $1.95), Christian Perspectives on Sex and Marriage, by William Fitch (Eerdmans, 1971, 160 pp., paperback, $2.95), Sexual Understanding Before Marriage, by Herbert J. Miles (Zondervan, 1971, 222 pp., paperback, $1.95), Manual for Group Premarital Counseling, by Lyle B. Gangsei (Association, 1971, 251 pp., $6.95), Growing Up With Sex, by Richard F. Hettlinger (Seabury, 1970, 162 pp., paperback, $2.25), Manners to Love By: For Young Couples, by Robert H. Loeb, Jr. (Association, 1971, 128 pp., $4.95), and Contemporary Sexual Morality, by John F. Dedek (Sheed and Ward, 1971, 170 pp., $5.95), are reviewed by Anne Eggebroten, graduate student, University of California at Berkeley.

Sex is probably the most talked about, thought about, written about subject in American society today. In the past few years the already swollen market for sex manuals, alluring paperbacks, and pornography has seen the addition of a new kind of book: the popularized “How to” book for persons who are doing it more but enjoying it less (The Sensuous Woman, Everything You Always Wanted to Know …).

In the midst of this proliferation of written advice, explanation, encouragement, and admonition, the Church is actively striving to publish its views. Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s indictment of thirty years ago in Ethics is no longer true:

The Church confesses that she has found no word of advice and assistance in the face of the dissolution of all order in the relation between the sexes. She has found no strong and effective answer to the contempt for chastity and ...
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