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Addicted to Lust: Pornography in the Lives of Conservative Protestants

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Few cultural issues alarm conservative Protestant families and communities like the seemingly ubiquitous threat of pornography. Thanks to widespread access to the internet, conservative Protestants now face a reality in which every Christian man, woman, and child with a smartphone can access
limitless pornography in their bathroom, at work, or at a friend's sleepover. Once
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Alex Strohschein
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Every so often a sociological study comes along that makes a splash in the evangelical world. Samuel L. Perry's 'Addicted to Lust: Pornography' in the Lives of Conservative Protestants' is just such a book. Perry uses both qualitative and quantitative methods, drawing on 130 interviews and national surveys. Perry's primary demographic of study are conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists who have Reformed leanings and who read pastors and writers such as John Piper, Mark Driscoll, and Tim C ...more
Joel Wentz
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
An extremely insightful study on the impact of pornography use in Conservative Protestant religion.

Full review here:
Bon Tom
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Don't call me up on that, because it's nowhere explicitly expressed, but this book in a subtle way confirmed what I intuitively suspected all my life. Many religious people wouldn't be religious if they didn't have dick/pussy in their pants. They use it to fuel their guilt, which they use to keep their religious beliefs of salvation and all the other kinds of blah going on. Funny they never feel so guilty about talking behind the backs of "thy neighbors", plotting, scheming, hating or worse. And ...more
John Kennedy
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book focuses on the moral incongruence of conservative Protestants regarding pornography. While much of the rest of society no longer is convinced that porn is immoral, evangelicals largely do — yet they view it anyway. Perry explores the "sexual exceptionalism" that evangelicals attach to pornography. It has a special status as the gravest of sins, much more so than anger, racial prejudice, or gossiping.
The book spends too much time quoting a multitude of big-name pastors such as John Pip
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really interesting sociological study esp considering I’ve lived most of my life in the evangelical subculture it analyzes.
Tommy Grooms
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Samuel L. Perry's Addicted to Lust takes a close look at how pornography has a more pronounced impact on the lives of conservative Protestants due to a number of factors. These include their sexual exceptionalism leading to greater "moral incongruence" and views of biblical sufficiency that reject more evidence-based therapies. Perry also dedicates a chapter on how complementarian ideology makes the problem markedly worse for conservative Protestant women. It's an insightful read that does a lot ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating book covering research on conservative Christian’s use of sexual media. Biggest takeaways: lots of people watch sexual media and pretend they don’t. Also, feeling shame about the sexual media you consume is more damaging than the actual consumption. Lastly, treating unwanted sexual behaviors as addictions are unlikely to fix the problem, since the behaviors are likely a symptom of something else which needs to be addressed.
Peter Bond
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sociological text covering the Christian Anti-Pornography movement.

After reading an article on the subject:

I was so compelled by these struggling people who have contorted themselves into such a painful situation. I hope they can find some peace and just be okay being human. It's intense stuff seeing men and women beat themselves up so much for such normal stuff. I don't know
Taylor Barkley
Nov 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
A super helpful contribution on a topic often discussed without much data. The insights into “sexual exceptionalism” (sexual activity is perceived to be more serious than other sins) among Protestants was particularly helpful for any topic involving sex for Protestants. A must read for anyone in or around this community.
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have way too many thoughts on this to condense into a comprehensive review, but my short take away is this: this is good scholarship, valuable sociological research, and Perry's conclusions present another good reason not to be a neo-Calvinist. ...more
Eric Michiels
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good book on how porn and list is affecting the Christian Church.
Heather Mims
Oct 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Solid information, but the book quickly became repetitive/redundant. I gave it up about halfway through.
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Samuel L. Perry is assistant professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. His research explores the changing dynamics of religious and family life in the United States. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and he is also the author of Growing God's Family: The Global Orphan Care Movement and the Limits of Evangelical Activism (2017). He holds a Ph. ...more

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