An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
I'm beginning to think there is actually a concerted effort to brainwash us all into believing in biological determinism. These stories are delivered to us on a semi-regular basis and perhaps either in my naivety or paranoia I am only now beginning to think we are all trapped in some Matrix-like illusion of an ability to discern for ourselves via facts and obvious reality when in truth we are simply spoon fed via the media the "reality" we are supposed to believe. Add in a few scientists to say "yes" and suddenly you have all the authority of...well...I guess...god.
In essence this story is another attempt to show that you cannot do anything but expect teens to have sex...pretty much no matter what; any expectations to the contrary are simply a sign of some form of biologically determined retardation.
The details of this study are really absurd and unfortunately most people don't care about the details and will simply read the headline and walk away convinced that expectations of abstinence are silly. Check this out:
This method allowed Rosenbaum to compare those who had taken a virginity pledge with similar teens who hadn't taken a pledge but were likely to delay having sex, she said. She added that she didn't include teens who were unlikely to take a pledge.
So these two groups are "similar" and the only difference was one group's taking of an official pledge. How exactly were these groups similar otherwise. The study didn't compare this group to kids who were "unlikely" to delay having sex! So how exactly was this likelihood determined to begin with?
What a bunch a malarkey. No...worse than malarkey, even if malarkey does refer to male cow feces.
I firmly believe we are in a "feedback loop" of nihilism, materialistic determinism and secular humanism. It is useless to theorize where it started, but like a feedback loop, it just gets louder and louder. The only thing that gets "press" is what feeds the loop for the masses.