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Matt Fradd is the host of the popular podcasts Love People Use Things and Pints With Aquinas, as well as the author of The Porn Myth, a nonreligious response to the commonly held belief that pornography is a harmless pastime. During our conversation, Fradd said that if we give our children devices without proper filters, we are basically giving our children portable X-rated theaters. This should alarm everyone, as should the growing acceptance of pornography and the influence it is having on our culture. Pornography is a pervasive problem that affects all of us, making this conversation with Matt Fradd essential listening.

Topics discussed include: Why should people reject pornography? (5:20); The real problem with porn isn’t nudity (6:55); The role of imagination in apologetics (6:55); His personal experience with pornography and why Fradd is so passionate about the topic (11:00); How pornography rewires our neurological pathways and contributes to issues such as anxiety and erectile dysfunction (14:30); The need for Christians to return to natural law in order to adequately combat the secularism of our day (17:30); The importance of historical literacy in the church and the need for Christians to unite around the essentials (21:15); Understanding the etymology of pornography and the difference between pornography and art (24:30); At what age should we begin talking to our children about pornography? (27:30); Addiction to pornography and the increasing number of women becoming addicted to pornography (29:45); The problem with the idea of couples using pornography to “increase intimacy” (32:00); Dopamine, addiction and pornography (33:50); The idea of Christians fighting porn with science before morality as a “Gulliver Strategy” (37:30); The myth that pornography is empowering to women (40:55); Is masturbation a disordered act and intrinsically unhealthy? (44:50); How culture has influenced long held Christian views on marriage, contraception and an “openness to life” (46:45); Does consuming pornography lead to sexual aggression or violence? (51:55); The desensitization pornography causes often leading to a slippery slope and more deviant types of porn (54:10); Strategies to protect our children from porn and educate them about the dangers of pornography (56:10); Why Fradd wrote The Porn Myth from a non-religious perspective (1:03:00); Learning how to deal with a desire to watch pornography (1:06:15); The impact pornography use has on our marital relationships (1:08:00); Advice for anyone struggling with pornography (1:11:10); The critical importance of talking to our children about pornography (1:14:20); Closing words on the growing acceptance and dangers of pornography (1:17:25).

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