Abstaining from a sex life and choosing celibacy for reasons other than religion.
Recently Bristol and mom Sarah Palin made a headline-grabbing appearance on Oprah where one of the bigger headlines came out of Bristol's vow to abstain from sex and remain celibate until marriage. Whether you see this as a sincere vow of a teen mom humbled by the grown-up situation she's put herself in, or a as a publicity stunt aimed at boosting her and her ambitious mother's conservative image, celibacy is a movement that is gaining attention in both the teen and adult worlds as a lifestyle choice.
The Unification Church will have some big changes in the coming years.
The Unification Church was founded by a Reverend Sun Myung Moon. As the church gained steam, he began matchmaking and setting up mass weddings. The matches found nice spouses for decent people and provided a means to create generations of multi-ethnic offspring. But the Rev. Moon is 90 and some changes are going to have to change. Or the world may end and we're making a big fuss about nothing.
Is this advertisement blasphemous, genius, or a little of both?
A church in Auckland, New Zealand has found a novel way of drumming up little publicity: advertisements in poor taste. St. Matthews In The City church decided to depict Mary and Joseph in bed in order to start a conversation or two. Some find it blasphemous... some find it hilarious... either way, the church knew what it was doing.
Tired of bad boys? Try going for the ultimate nice guy.
When it comes to niceness, church-going guys might be the new boy next door. Chances are, if you overlook the negative media image and peek into the next Sunday morning service, you'll find someone who encompasses the following qualities: He uses clean language, he's consistent, he's not promiscuous. Sold yet? Read on for more.
Advice for dating someone of a different religion.
Religion has never played a large part in my life. I grew up celebrating "Christian" holidays like Easter and Christmas, but in America, these days are so mainstreamed and commercialized, they almost seem secular. I've never minded not having a religion, and I like the fact that because I'm a blank religious slate, I can approach new religions without prior assumption. I've learned Hindu traditions while in India, marveled at the Muslim mosques while in Indonesia, caroled in a Carmelite monastery, and recently visited a Zen Buddhist center for meditation.
A five-year marriage with no sex: the true story of a divorced virgin.
How I became a divorced virgin: "I was twenty-nine, single again after a five-year marriage, and a virgin. When I met my now ex-husband Mike, I had just turned 21. We met at small Catholic liberal arts college, and even though I no longer believed in Jesus, the Saints, the Bible, God, really any of that. I was a virgin then, and I was a virgin when we divorced."