Alastair Roberts recently wrote an article for the Gospel Coalition that tried to summarize “the new sexual morality” in a systematic way. He believes that we should understand “that the shift we’re witnessing is not the abandonment of all morality but a shift to a new moral system, one with its roots firmly within the philosophical tradition of liberalism. This new moral system is loosely coherent, and its underlying principles will work like yeast through the dough of our moral vision. Rather than advocating mere amorality, it forcefully presses moral claims against Christian sexual and relational ethics: for this moral system, Christian morality isn’t just wrong, it is immoral.”
Here are the five principles, and the article contains fuller explanations of each:
First, sexual acts don’t have intrinsic meanings or purposes….
Second, our sexuality is a subjective sense and intrinsic to our self-identity….
Third, sexual agents are autonomous, rights-bearing individuals….
Fourth, freely given consent is the watchword for sexual relations….
Fifth, beyond the prevention of harm, sexual relations should be freed from social policing and constraint, from norms and from stigmas.