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The News Minute | January 4, 2015 | 4:50 pm IST A section of the Christian religious establishment has very conservative views about sex, pre-martial sex and associates it with sin and shame.  A woman writing for Hairpin decided to explore these connections and talk to women about sex before marriage and how religion is taught to women in certain places. Here’s what Jia Tolentino wrote: “There’s something Byronic about the way that some churches present the idea of God to young Christians, particularly women. A divine creator romancing fallen humanity through a display of sacrificial devotion far more intense and visceral than anything you’d find in a rom-com — once desired like this, how can we not live in obedient submission? “We are Christ's bride,” one woman told me, fairly breathlessly. “He came and pursued us to be with him, and now we belong to Him, and I think that's really beautiful.” Some of the other responses Tolentino got were, “It’s a rule to protect you.”  and “I believe in the Bible, and the Bible says so.” Some women also readily admitted that the evangelical church doesn’t handle sexuality well athat they hoped there would be a generational change in the church. Read the full piece at the Hairpin. Tweet

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