Rachel Joy Welcher (MLitt, 2018) will be publishing Talking Back to Purity Culture Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality in November 2020.
Rachel’s book has its genesis in her MLitt dissertation she wrote as part of this programme. Her publisher, InverVarsity Press, describe this significant contribution to pastoral and practical theology:
The generation born into evangelical purity culture has grown up, and many have started families of their own. But as time goes on, it’s becoming more evident that many still struggle with purity culture’s complicated legacy—its idolization of virginity, its mixed messages about modesty and lust, and its promise of a healthy marriage and great sex for those who follow the rules.
In Talking Back to Purity Culture, Rachel Joy Welcher reviews the movement carefully, examining its teachings through the lens of Scripture. Compassionate, faithful, and wise, she charts a path forward for evangelicals in the ongoing debates about sexuality—one that rejects legalism and license alike, steering us back instead to the good news of Jesus.
We congratulate Rachel on this achievement and look forward to its publication on 10 November 2020.