For many contemporary evangelical Christians, the concept of consent tends to evoke marked squeamishness. Popular essays have construed consent as a mark of a dangerous, God-forsaking world or of a modernity that can only form shallowly contractual, liability-avoiding relationships (Franks, 2017; Harrison Warren, 2017). But revelations of abuse and assault by high-profile perpetrators in contexts as varied as sports, entertainment, education, and, yes, churches, should prompt renewed deliberation. This review essay engages with Donna Freitas’s work on consent to argue that Christians in higher education ought to heed her wisdom and adapt such conversations. The essay traces Freitas’s research-driven definitions and recommendations before showing how consent actually holds a prime, intersectional place in Christian formation, ignored at our peril.
Guidero, Kristen L.
"In Praise of Consent: Why Talking About Sex on Christian Campuses Matters Differently Than We Think; A Review Essay,"
Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development: Vol. 19
, Article 5.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol19/iss19/5
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