Christianity, sex and relationships


Christian beliefs have historically played a major part in how young people choose to live out their sexuality. How about those identifying as Christian in our study? We posed several questions regarding this – both whether or not one believes in God and if one attends service. We split the survey into four groups: one half had no involvement in Christian religious life. The rest were evenly dispersed throughout the curve, and 7% fell into the category dubbed “active Christians”.

Christianity, sex and relationships graph

The figure shows the number of individuals who had made out with someone at age 15, who had had intercourse before age 16, and that had not yet had intercourse by the time they turned 21. Here we see great differences. Four times as many active Christians had not had intercourse by age 21, while many without involvement in Christian religious life engaged early on – both in making out and having intercourse.

The findings therefore point to the involvement in Christian religious life as being an important factor for the participants in this study. Most of the individuals responding to this study were born in the 1970´s, when the number of Muslim youth in Norway were still low. Today the number is much higher, and we know from other studies that this demographic is highly influenced by their religious beliefs. The findings thus tell us that Christian norms play a somewhat major part in the lives of the participants of this study.

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