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5-1-2020

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Distance from spiritual settings and situations allows for a systematic review of the tenets of Christian faith as enacted at institutions of higher education, which reflect many compelling assumptions concerning acceptable sexual practice, most notably, the harsh treatment of those who fail to comply with acceptable sexual practice as delineated by the traditional Christian perspective. Most interesting among these assumptions concerning procreative sex within marriage is the interaction between sexual "doctrine" as established by authorities of denominational religious systems, and that established by authorities of institutions of higher learning affiliated with these Christian denominations. Specifically, what proved to be most interesting is that while both factions delineate a clear narrative concerning acceptable sexual practice, institutions of higher learning differ on their enforcement of that narrative based on broader social movements within the United States concerning educational policy, the LGBTQ environment, and other storylines that force them to make their stances known concerning matters of acceptable sexual practice. Broadly speaking, Christian colleges and universities are often faced with the difficult choice between adhering to the doctrines established by the authorities of Christian denominations or acting in their own interest as institutions of higher education to satisfy educational policies and retain their competitive edge against other universities, both affiliated and non-affiliated.

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Navigating and Negotiating Sexual Culture at Religiously Affiliated Universities

Distance from spiritual settings and situations allows for a systematic review of the tenets of Christian faith as enacted at institutions of higher education, which reflect many compelling assumptions concerning acceptable sexual practice, most notably, the harsh treatment of those who fail to comply with acceptable sexual practice as delineated by the traditional Christian perspective. Most interesting among these assumptions concerning procreative sex within marriage is the interaction between sexual "doctrine" as established by authorities of denominational religious systems, and that established by authorities of institutions of higher learning affiliated with these Christian denominations. Specifically, what proved to be most interesting is that while both factions delineate a clear narrative concerning acceptable sexual practice, institutions of higher learning differ on their enforcement of that narrative based on broader social movements within the United States concerning educational policy, the LGBTQ environment, and other storylines that force them to make their stances known concerning matters of acceptable sexual practice. Broadly speaking, Christian colleges and universities are often faced with the difficult choice between adhering to the doctrines established by the authorities of Christian denominations or acting in their own interest as institutions of higher education to satisfy educational policies and retain their competitive edge against other universities, both affiliated and non-affiliated.