Submission Title

Faith or Falsehoods: Christianity’s Influence on Sex Education

Location

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Subject Area

Sociology

Description

Religion has been a crucial part of societies since the beginning, which has allowed it to become ingrained in many areas of social life. Education has also managed to affect society.

One subject where these two institutions intertwine is sexual education. There is much controversy regarding how/if sex education should be taught (Young, 2017; Fields, 2012; Lamb, 2013). This topic gets increasingly heated when religion is introduced (Taragin-Zeller & Kasstan, 2021; Bijelic, 2008).

The aim of this study is to examine how religious institutions effect the teaching of sex education, focusing specifically on the Christian faith and its influences.

By investigating religious and secular organization’s websites, it was found that religious organizations focused on abortion, prioritized family, and heavily focused on religion rather than educating about sex topics. Secular organizations provided more medical resources, did not address opposing arguments, and pushed the selling of educational programs.

This research shines a spotlight on some of the power structures in our society and how they are influencing institutions’ as well as individuals’ decisions. Hopefully, by pointing this out, people will examine their opinions more closely and improve social policy, like sex education, to make it more inclusive.

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Faith or Falsehoods: Christianity’s Influence on Sex Education

Jereld R. Nicholson Library: Grand Avenue

Religion has been a crucial part of societies since the beginning, which has allowed it to become ingrained in many areas of social life. Education has also managed to affect society.

One subject where these two institutions intertwine is sexual education. There is much controversy regarding how/if sex education should be taught (Young, 2017; Fields, 2012; Lamb, 2013). This topic gets increasingly heated when religion is introduced (Taragin-Zeller & Kasstan, 2021; Bijelic, 2008).

The aim of this study is to examine how religious institutions effect the teaching of sex education, focusing specifically on the Christian faith and its influences.

By investigating religious and secular organization’s websites, it was found that religious organizations focused on abortion, prioritized family, and heavily focused on religion rather than educating about sex topics. Secular organizations provided more medical resources, did not address opposing arguments, and pushed the selling of educational programs.

This research shines a spotlight on some of the power structures in our society and how they are influencing institutions’ as well as individuals’ decisions. Hopefully, by pointing this out, people will examine their opinions more closely and improve social policy, like sex education, to make it more inclusive.