In news that may have gone unnoticed by many, South Carolina’s Erskine College recently adopted a “Statement on Human Sexuality” that draws some lines. An excerpt from the document summarizes it well:

We believe the Bible teaches that monogamous marriage between a man and a woman is God’s intended design for humanity and that sexual intimacy has its proper place only within the context of marriage. […] As a Christian academic community, and in light of our institutional mission, members of the Erskine community are expected to follow the teachings of scripture concerning matters of human sexuality and institutional decisions will be made in light of this position.

As you might expect in today’s cultural climate, the statement garnered a good deal of negative press. Erskine responded to the backlash by issuing a follow-up piece clarifying its context and dispelling inaccurate reports. It’s well worth reading. Among other things, Erskine says their stance shouldn’t be regarded as unusual given the college’s Christian roots and strong ties to the ARP denomination. In other words, enough with the media firestorm of mock surprise. Another part of their reply worth highlighting:

A position establishes a point of reference. People both within and outside the Erskine community will no doubt agree or disagree with a position on any issue. This position statement provides a context for dialogue about these issues and how they affect our campus community.

What do you think of Erskine’s statement and reply?

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