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Over the last few years a growing body of brain research has revealed that pornography literally affects our brains and leads to a range of other health and social problems. The danger of internet pornography is especially pronounced. I think pornography constitutes a major public health problem that needs to be addressed at every level of society.

Consider this review of the research from Gary Wilson at TEDSxGlasgow. Wilson isn’t speaking as a Christian, so there’s more that needs to be said. I don’t endorse some of Wilson’s humor, but don’t let that cause you to miss the point. Porn use is a major problem and the root of many other problems particularly among men and women in their prime.

You might also find helpful William M. Struthers’ Wired for Intimacy.


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5 thoughts on “This Is Your Brain on Porn”

  1. Curt Day says:

    Thabiti,
    This is an excellent video and one that should be watched. But it doesn’t present the complete story. The complete story regarding porn includes the suffering and trauma that the production of porn causes. If we understand that the production of porn relies on the abuse of others and our consumption of porn results in more abuse, then we have external reasons, as well as internal ones such as those presented in the Bible and what is presented in the video here, for abstaining from porn. The above is a point I made in one of my blogposts about porn:

    http://flamingfundamentalist.blogspot.com/2013/08/does-left-have-more-to-say-against.html

  2. Curtis Sheidler says:

    Thabiti,

    I read this post when you initially put it up but was just struck by something I’ve been reading. The speaker here remarks about how men become stimulated and titillated by the idea of increasingly novel, impersonalized sex–pleasure without intimacy–and become so shaped by that experience that they then experience difficulty with genuine intimacy. REAL sex isn’t perpetually novel, isn’t impersonal, isn’t as instantaneously gratifying as the click of a mouse button, and so it ceases to please the rewired mind.

    Can there be a *BETTER* example of Greg Beale’s point in We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry?

    “What we revere, we resemble, either for ruin or for restoration.”

    May the grace of Christ renew our minds, our hearts, our appetites, and may He rescue us from the idols to which we enslave ourselves!!!

  3. eric R says:

    I don’t normally comment on web sites, BUT as a practicing internal medicine specialist I found this article of extreme interest. I plan on taking an internet history along with the usual things in guys with sexual problems from now on. It is frustrating that I went to 3 different high caliber medical web sites to research this in more detail and found NOTHING> Seems us docs are a little behind the curve. Thanks for the post. I will share this with my partner at work who is another christian..

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Thabiti Anyabwile is a pastor for Anacostia River Church in southeast Washington, DC and a council member of The Gospel Coalition.

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