Talk 09: The Sexual Revolution: Are We Better Off?
Speaker: Hieromonk Kosmas
(Duration: 1hr 46min)
Since the sexual and feminist revolutions of the 1960s, the Church’s teaching that sexual relations are blessed only within the mystery of marriage has been mocked and contradicted in every imaginable way. We see this in the health system, the educational system, television, film, radio, the Internet, newspapers, and magazines. But why is it that even after fifty years of supposed freedom and progress in the area of sexuality we have seen a dramatic increase in crimes and in mental and physical illnesses? Some of these problems include sexual hang-ups, Internet pornography, sex crimes such as rape and paedophilia, sexually transmitted diseases, gender disorders, sexual identity crises, and marital and relationship problems.
In this talk, Father Kosmas clears up many of the confusions that Orthodox Christians are experiencing due to propaganda that targets the blessedness of marriage and the virtue of virginity. He explains that knowledge is not enough to protect oneself in this war against God’s commandments: one must participate in the practical life of the Church, through spiritual struggle against sexual immorality, repentance, confession, and so on.
The following questions are also discussed: why have Orthodox monastics voluntarily deprived themselves of something that God has permitted? Should the Church regard homosexuality as the worst possible sin? Can there be forgiveness of sins outside confession? Can sorcery be used to force a person to feel sexual attraction?
Other topics covered in this talk include: how parents need to protect their children from sexual immorality at school; how parents value education above their children’s purity; childhood trauma and its effects in adulthood; the early sexualization of children; how children are being brainwashed in the schools and by the media; and one of the greatest challenges facing the Church today - emotional deadness.
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