(Video below. To listen to or download audio of the lectures or Q & A from this event, click on the lecture titles below, or visit our Podcast page under Audio at the top of this page.)
The Big Idea
"The only unnatural sex act is that which you cannot perform." – Alfred Kinsey
Kinsey was wrong. His quest to normalize perversion did not end in sexual liberation. It created sexual confusion and sexual brokenness.
Sexual by Design is a two-part lecture featuring evangelical pastor, theologian, and controversialist Douglas Wilson. Wilson has engaged the works of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. He has co-authored a book and filmed an award-winning documentary with the late Christopher Hitchens. His friendship and speaking engagements with men like John Piper and Mark Driscoll, together with his willingness to engage controversial topics, have earned him both fame and notoriety in Christian circles.
Now Wilson intends to bring biblical wisdom and sexual sanity to the home of Alfred Kinsey. Why is heterosexuality central to bearing God's image? Why are sex and marriage so closely connected to the Gospel? These are some of the questions Wilson seeks to answer as he explores how sexuality relates to God's work in creation and redemption.
Lecture 1: Creation Sexuality
Friday, April 13th at 7pm
God is our Creator, and so we should pay close attention to how He established the world in the beginning. One of the first things we should notice is how God divides things in order to shape them into a higher unity later. He divides heaven and earth, sun and moon, land and sea, and, of course, male and female. What is meant by all this? Why is heterosexuality essential to us being bearers of God's image?
Intermission with Refreshments
Lecture 2: Redemption Sexuality
Friday, April 13th at 8pm
Because of the sin of our first parents, we cannot simply look at the world to determine what we should do, and this is because the world has been marred by sin. In the good purposes of God, He intended to put everything right by means of His gospel. But it is striking that in the New Testament one of the images of this gospel is that of Christ the Bridegroom and the Church as His bride. A rejection of God's pattern for marriage is therefore a rejection of much more than that. Why is this?
Following the lectures we had an open format, unfiltered, open mic question and answer session in which Pastor Wilson fielded questions from the audience for over two hours.
Looking for More on Sexual by Design?
As you probably know, things like these don't happen in a vacuum. Doug didn't just parachute into campus and helicopter out, leaving a wake of glorious devastation behind him, like so many action flicks.
Doug's lectures came in the context of our regular pastoral work on the campus of IU and our public witness in this community—a campus like many, many others around the country. There were pastors and students who deeply care about guilty and oppressed souls, weighed down by sexual sin working to pull this event off—and working to clean up the mess afterward. Some of the students involved have been saved from the very same sins we asked Doug to address. For us, it was another imperfect, halting effort to get off the sidelines and into the trenches.
So as we promised a few weeks ago, we've started trying to provide the context of Doug's Sexual by Design lectures right here at BaylyBlog.
We're trying to answer some of the questions you might have. Questions like, "Why did we have them in the first place? How exactly did we promote them? How did things get so big? Were we begging for the response we got? How did we pull things off? What was the aftermath? Was there fruit? What did you learn?"
So click on over and start browsing.
Douglas Wilson is the pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho. He is a founding board member of Logos School, a Senior Fellow of theology at New Saint Andrews College, and he serves as an instructor at Greyfriars Hall, a ministerial training program at Christ Church. He helped to establish the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC), is the editor of Credenda Agenda, and the author of numerous books on classical Christian education, the family, the church, and the reformed faith. After serving in the U.S. Navy in the submarine service, he completed a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy and a B.A. in classical studies from the University of Idaho. Douglas and his wife Nancy have three children and a bunch of grandkids.
There will be refreshments as well as opportunities to purchase books by Pastor Wilson. Security will also be provided.
Pastor Wilson will be preaching at Clearnote Church on Sunday, April 15th at both services—8:30am and 11am. Please join us!