Sexual By Design – Douglas Wilson

Culture, Theology

Since I took a dig at Douglas Wilson 2 weeks ago, I thought I would express some appreciation for him here. There’s a lot about Wilson’s theology that is troubling to me, to say the least. But there’s also a lot about Wilson that I absolutely love. He is a charitable, winsome, brilliant Pastor who has done significant work to advance several things I’m very passionate about: Classical Christian education, Reformed theology, and intellectual/biblical engagement with the non-believing world. I appreciate Wilson’s wit, his tact, and the guy’s books and blog posts are just really fun to read. A modern day Chesterton (who is, by the way, one of his heroes).

With that said, I was very thankful to take time last night to watch Wilson address a very angry and unruly group of students and teachers at Indiana University. He gave two lectures: 1. Creation Sexuality and 2. Redemption Sexuality, each around 40 minutes. Then he opened the floor for 2 hours of questions and, it appears, went outside after the facility was closed to continue the conversation with those who had more to ask. I am struck (as I was in his debates with Christopher Hitchens) by his steadfastness in the moral law of God and its binding nature on all mankind, whether one believes it or not. Additionally, I am impressed with how well he stayed on point – there were literally hundreds of opportunities for him to point out logical fallacies, contextual errors, and outright false statements, but he thought it better to stay focused on what wasmost important.

Lastly, it was interesting to see textbook Post-Modernism and the intolerance of the tolerance movement on display. The basic tenant of Wilson’s dissenters was, “You’re wrong for seeking to impose a view of morality on other people…” Which, surprisingly, never struck any of them as insanely hypocritical since they were telling him he was “wrong.” It seems to be a very common thread in Christian/non-Christian dialogue that we are labeled as hateful or unloving because we say that certain actions are sinful or that people are living a sinful lifestyle. In other words, we are often told we are not entitled to our biblically informed opinions because they do not conform to the supposed cultural  standard and call on people to consider an alternative. It’s as if I would be told I’m unloving because I scream at the top of my lungs for someone to get off the track because a train is coming… after all, what right do I have to tell them what they should do? I know, I know… I should be more tolerant… but I’m feeling a bit judged by that, so back off.

Below are the preview videos of the Q&A session – you can watch everything here: Sexual By Design: Douglas Wilson in Bloomington, IN

(By: Nick Kennicott)

3 thoughts on “Sexual By Design – Douglas Wilson

  1. I happen to be reading a Chesterton novel right now, and after reading your post picked it up and read this most appropriate passage:

    “What a farce is this modern liberality! Freedom of speech means practically, in our modern civilization, that we must only talk of unimportant things. We must not talk about religion, for that is illiberal; we must not talk about bread and cheese, for that is talking shop; we must not talk about death, for that is depressing, we must not talk about birth, for that is indelicate. It cannot last. Something must break this strange indifference, this strange dreamy egoism, this strange loneliness of millions in a crowd. Something must break it” (G.K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, p. 92).

    1. Excellent quote. It’s so strange to me how blatantly illogical the free speech/free thinking/post-modern/post-Christian mind is. I don’t assume most individuals set out to be a walking contradiction, but alas – the effects of sin are deep…

      Which is why I love the tenants of such nonsensical thinking Wilson points out regularly: “There is no God, and I hate him… Free speech for everyone, now shut up.”

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