Students, faculty and community members came to the Brandt Center twice on Wednesday to hear Dale Kuehne, author of “Sex and the iWorld.” Kuehne is a professor of politics at Saint Anselm College and pastor of the Emmanuel Covenant Church in Nashua, N.H. He shared thoughts from his new book with the NNU community while examining current issues pertaining to sexuality and society following the sexual revolution.
Kuehne spoke to students specifically about answering the question of identity: “Who am I?” He encouraged students to use God as their reference point, rather than answering the question based on the world’s changing scale.
Kuehne also challenged students to chastity outside of marriage, reminding them that sex is not necessary for intimacy in relationships. “Intimacy goes much deeper than sex; what the Holy Spirit promises us is better than sex,” Kuehne explained. It is the fulfillment that comes through our relationship with God that brings contentment to our relationships on earth.
As a professor of politics, Kuehne also addressed the problems that the sexual revolution and the age of individualism are creating for the worlds’ governments. “They [the governments] don’t know how to make society work without the family.” We are lacking the coherence of morals necessary to make a democracy work. The iWorld—a world where each individual defines right and wrong—will only lead to anarchy.
Junior Courtney Gilbert (Idaho Falls, Idaho) appreciated Kuehne’s direct approach. “Even though this isn’t a subject that we’re always comfortable talking about, I think it’s something that needs to be addressed. I was glad that he wasn’t afraid to come out and say the hard stuff.”
Listen to Kuehne’s complete message online at www.nnu.edu/chapel.