Hi, I’m Christine

I’m a sex-positive theology nerd.

I blog about hope, sexuality and consent, from a perspective rooted in my Christian faith. 

Manga image of grey woman holding staff of Aaron with light showing her blue eyes
Extract from artwork created by Siku (@theartofsiku, www.TheArtOfSiku.com). The story behind this picture is here.

I’m here to map out a new perspective on purity and its related topics, including virginity, marriage, sex, bodies and inclusion.

I’m not 100% sure what this ‘new perspective’ will look like, but it’ll involve building up consent culture and taking down purity culture.

To help you navigate my posts, I put them into four ‘light’ categories — dip into whichever works for you:

  • Sunlight: easy-going, oriented towards positive practice, usually consistent with established Christian thought (lots here on sex, consent and the Bible)
  • Firelight: examining where things go wrong (e.g. abuse dynamics), challenging traditional perspectives (especially around marriage, inclusion and salvation)
  • Moonlight: undercutting the roots of gender violence and purity, examining difficult Bible passages (especially concerning virginity), considering controversial topics (like BDSM or erotica)
  • Starlight: my theological reflections, creative writing and personal experiences (including those as a blogger)

I’ve written in more detail about:

Thank you for visiting.

Sex worth celebrating (Sunlight)

Wedding fascinators with the text "Advice on erotic excitement is often like saying a play will evoke greater anticipation if it has fancier costumes. Sure, that can open up possibilities, but it doesn't make theatre."

These posts are about sex and consent and what good looks like. The most popular posts are:

Index page: Sex worth celebrating

Hope worth sharing (Sunlight)

All Shall Be Well outside Norwich Cathedral

Index page: Hope worth sharing

Bible worth reading (Sunlight)

Old English Bible open at Isaiah

Index page: Bible worth reading

Abuse dynamics (Firelight)

Woman standing arms folded in from of Christian Grey picture from 50 Fifty Shades Darker.

Looking at problems of patriarchy and where things go wrong. Most popular posts here are:

Index page: Abuse dynamics

Unmeaning marriage (Firelight)

Fig tree overhanging garden wall with white gate that has graffiti on it

I’m not against marriage (very happily married myself!), but I do believe the church needs to unthink and rethink a lot of what we’ve claimed to know on this subject.

Index page: Unmeaning marriage

Atonement and inclusion (Firelight)

Candles surrounding the cross in Norwich Cathedral

I think many of the issues I currently have with evangelicalism are about a faulty theology of hope. These posts aim to break down some of the false shibboleths that I see stifling hope and inclusion.

The most popular posts in this section are:

Index page: Atonement and inclusion

Virginity, honour and violence (Moonlight)

White wedding shoes with the words Pure and Precious written on the inside

Depending on who you talk to, “purity” is either a wonderful word to describe a high concept, or a toxic word used to oppress people (most often women). For myself, I believe that purity, when properly understood, is a good thing, but that ‘purity culture’ is a form of gender based violence.

For the theologians and biblical scholars out there, I also think the debates on the ‘New Perspective on Paul’ have massive implications for how we understand purity. For that reason, my discussion of purity heavily overlaps with the theology covenantal belonging, salvation and hope.

Posts I’m proud of in this section are:

Index page: Virginity, honour and violence

Art or licence? (Moonlight)

Reviews and commentary on how we portray sex and consent in film, books, art and theatre.

Index page: Art or licence?

Fifty Shades (is abuse) (Moonlight)

Protest banner against 50 Shades "Not consent, not redemption, not a fairy-tale" with quotes from Fifty Shades Darker

These books are a problem. Even if this section isn’t for you, you might want to read Why do I write about 50 Shades?

The most popular posts in this section are:

Index page: 50 Shades

BDSM (Moonlight)

(I tend not to have pictures in these posts.)

Well, it’s hard to write about Fifty Shades without writing about BDSM. Even if this section isn’t for you, you might want to read Why do I write about BDSM? The posts here are primarily to help people recognise abuse (and some are written by people in the scene).

Index page: BDSM

Delving theology (Starlight)

Aisle at Beverley Minster

I love digging into the Bible and thinking about God. The most popular posts in this section are:

Index page: Delving theology

The tapestry of my time (Starlight)

Piano sheet music from a Cadiz by Isaac Albeniz

OK, posts in this section don’t tend to get many hits – but those who find them, love them. In particular:

Index page: My tapestry of time

Creative works (Starlight)

I love to write. You’ll find poetry, sketches and short stories here.

Index page: Creative works

Redemption: Beautiful love or beastly suffering?

Books of the Fifty Shades trilogy with a DVD of Beauty and the Beast
I bought the special edition DVD when I was living in Germany.

These posts take an in-depth look at how redemption is portrayed in Beauty and the Beast and then makes comparisons with Fifty Shades. They’ve been grouped on their own because there are quite a few of them and because they touch on all three of the themes that I blog about. The series ended up being eighteen posts long, so you might want to start with A summary of how redemption in BATB compares with 50 Shades.

Index page: Fifty Shades compared with Beauty & the Beast