From the September, 2004 issue of Touchstone

Like a Virgin? by Thomas S. Buchanan

Like a Virgin?

“I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided.”
—1 Corinthians 7:32–34

People often snicker at biblical passages that refer to virgins. At best, we find it odd that anyone would be referred to by that title. It seems like an embarrassing way to describe someone. At worst, we think not of purity but of prudishness, a fear of sex, or sexual undesirability.

Not long ago the word still carried some of the weight of holiness. Wedding dresses are white by tradition as a symbol of . . .


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