If evangelical Christianity in general is concerned with “engaging the culture,” these believers want to impress that culture, too.
: “Conversations aren’t easy,” Lyons said at one point, congratulating attendees yet again for their willingness to “dig deep” and to “dialogue.” Several times a day, Lyons encouraged the crowd to break into “triad conversations,” in which one person defended a speaker’s point, another critiqued it, and a third took a moderate approach.
Individual characteristics, including age, religion, race, social class and sexual orientation are frequently related to sexual attitudes, as are number of hook ups, fraternity/sorority affiliation and varsity athletic participation.
As speakers take the stage at Q Ideas, an annual conference for Christian “culture-makers,” a large digital timer facing the audience starts to tick down the time remaining in their nine- or 18-minute talks.
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While three quarters of students do not hold different standards for men and women’s hooking up, attitudes are more conservative than liberal, with almost half of students losing respect for men and women who hook up “a lot.” However, men are more likely to hold a traditional double standard, while women are more likely to espouse egalitarian conservative attitudes.
After polemicist Rod Dreher’s talk, in which he called Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act debacle an “apocalypse,” Lyons bounded onstage to call him a “prophetic voice.” To a large extent, Lyons Q.
And he is relentless in promoting the notion that Q is about dialogue.
“I don’t want to communicate that I, personally, think these are equally valid options,” he said during Gushee’s panel.
Attendee Evan Rosa, an editor and “communicator” for the Center for Christian Thought at Biola University, an evangelical school in Southern California, wrote in an email a few days after the conference concluded that it took “some guts and some humility” for Lyons to invite Gushee and Vines to speak.