Thinking Out Loud

October 14, 2008

Porn Again Christian: Believers and Pornography Addiction

Filed under: Christianity, Church, theology — Tags: , , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 11:33 am

Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill (Seattle, WA) has written an excellent online resource for Christian men who are dealing with addiction to internet (and print) pornography. The online book is called Porn Again Christian.    Because I also have something online — The Pornography Effect — on this same topic that we’ve referenced here a few times, I thought it would be useful to point out some similarities and differences.

  • Both contain 15 chapters and they are short chapters which deal with different aspects of this issue in a direct and concise way.
  • Both are currently available online.   Porn Again Christian is adding new chapters every few days, The Pornography Effect is presented over two spreads of a blog page, the chapters appear in order, you click “previous entries” to get to chapters 7- 15.
  • Porn Again Christian is directed at men who are caught in the trap of pornography, while The Pornography Effect is directed at women who really don’t have a clue how the whole thing works and are trying to figure out what someone else in their life is viewing and the effect that it is having
  • Because it’s written to men, the language in Porn Again Christian is quite blunt, and the spiritual admonition is hard-hitting.  Okay, now let me say that again:  The language in Porn Again Christian is very blunt and direct at times. Because it’s written to women (or other collateral victims of someone else’s addiction) the language in The Pornography Effect is toned down somewhat.
  • That said, there’s nothing stopping a man from reading The Pornography Effect, and there’s nothing stopping a woman from reading Mark’s message to men in Porn Again Christian.  Both resources also point out that the issue of internet porn is not restricted to men, either.
  • The Pornography Effect deals with the mechanics of the internet in general, and looks at this issue from a Christian perspective.  It presents some new ideas as to what constitutes porn and the intentions of the producers.   Porn Again Christian deals much more directly with the theological implications of the lust and self-control issues associated with viewing pornography as a Christian.   As with everything theological, not everyone will agree on everything, but that does not diminish my enthusiasm for recommending this resource.

So here are the links:  Porn Again Christian and The Pornography Effect.

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5 Comments »

  1. After I posted today’s article and links, I went back to check on it, and found this posted on the blog noiseinmyhead.wordpress.com

    Wanting to keep this info handy, I’ve copied the entire post; what follows is all the author’s work:

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    I write this post to shock, and to be sure, these statistics are mortifying:

    * 12% of all websites are pornography.
    * 26% of all search engine requests (Google, Yahoo!, etc.) are pornographic.
    * 35% of all internet downloads are pornographic in nature.
    * 28,258 internet users are viewing pornography right now. Every second.
    * Every minute, $5,340 is spent on internet pornography. That’s over $320,000 per hour, or $89 per second. Pick whatever horrifies you most.
    * Every day, 266 brand-new porn sites appear on the internet.
    * This is in addition to the 30,000 sites that are changing their addresses to fool porn filtering technologies every day.
    * The most-searched word on the internet is “sex.”
    * Revenue in the U.S. alone from internet pornography in 2007: $2.84 billion.
    * Men are not alone: 28% of internet porn users are women.
    * Amazingly, 70% of internet porn traffic occurs during the 9-5 workday.
    * Total number of pornographic web pages = 372 million.
    * 89% of those are produced in the U.S., most in the San Fernando valley.
    * Adultfriendfinder.com, a porn aggregator, receives 7.2 million hits per day.
    * For comparison, the New York Times’ web site receives 4.1 million hits per day.

    Source: Good Magazine

    This is insanity. It has its effect, too: A magazine for divorce lawyers reported yesterday that use of internet pornography has just passed financial problems as the chief reason behind divorces in this country. Completely independent of religion, completely apart from prudery, internet pornography is the great scourge of relationships of our time, and we have to do something about it.

    Pornography is too readily available for children, and almost no one would argue that children looking at pornography is anything other than terrifying for society. Even if you think pornography is harmless for adults, kids (I hope we can agree) are just not ready.

    I am normally “hands off” with respect to government; I think we solve most things best for ourselves. I strongly support net neutrality, and respect the need for freedom (mostly, as you’ll see below) on the internet.

    But pornography has typically been a regulated industry: we tell adult bookstores that they may not set up shop close to schools. We regulate pornography on television, relegating pornographic entertainment to cable and thereby (mostly) keeping it away from children.

    Does the fact that we like the internet to be a place of free speech mean that the government has no right at all to regulate it? I know the arguments: turn off your computer, watch your kids, etc. But that is entirely impractical: I cannot turn off my neighbor’s computer, where my child may be surfing. No one watches their kids (particularly their teenagers) 24 hours a day. He/she can get to internet porn at a friend’s house, in our public library, and (increasingly) on a cell phone. It’s too big for parents to handle. You say I should teach my child better? I can teach and teach, but sex is a siren song that humans are hard-wired to respond to. Believe me: good and well-taught kids are being trapped.

    You can keep your free speech arguments. It is time — past time — to regulate internet pornography.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 14, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

  2. I also wanted to keep this information handy. This is from a June ’08 post at the blog jeremymurphy.wordpress.com

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    Pornography is one of the most ignored issues in the church today. Some dismiss this as a problem only for perverts and pedophiles. Yet, consider these shocking statistics from http://www.xxxchurch.com:

    # Porn revenue is larger than all combined revenues of all professional football, baseball and basketball franchises.
    # US porn revenue exceeds the combined revenues of ABC, CBS, and NBC (6.2 billion)
    # Child pornography generates $3 billion annually
    # There are 4.2 million pornographic web sites. (12% of total web sites)
    # The average age of first Internet exposure to pornography is 11 years old
    # The largest consumer of Internet pornography is the 12-17 age group
    # 80% of 15-17 year olds have had multiple hard-core exposure to porn
    # 90% of 8-16 year olds have viewed porn online (most while doing homework)
    In case it’s not overwhelmingly obvious, we’re in an all-out war… against our children. It’s no longer about the dirty old man down the street buying magazines. It’s no longer about a few “cool” junior high kids that stole a video from their parent’s house.

    Those days are gone. CLICK. It’s everywhere. CLICK. It’s instant. CLICK. It’s private. CLICK. And much of it is free.

    We’re talking about elementary children who are addicted and struggling with pornography. It hurts me to even type this, but yet it’s true.

    “The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.” (Matt 11:12)

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 14, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

  3. Pornography is really one of the most misunderstood issues, today. Check out what Naomi Wolf has to say on this matter. I’m sure you wl find it relevant.Here’s the link
    http://dailylight.wordpress.com/2008/10/14/when-i-quote-naomi-wolf-on-porn/

    Comment by ripples — October 16, 2008 @ 1:44 pm

  4. I obviously don’t agree with everything on Ripples’ blog, but this quotation makes some great points.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 16, 2008 @ 6:42 pm

  5. This is an incredible resource. I’m really enjoying it so far.

    I’ve been reading Proverbs 7 and I am so struck by how it parallels a man’s attraction to porn: http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2008/07/04/six-reasons-why-guys-like-porn/

    Comment by Luke — October 17, 2008 @ 4:04 pm


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