The main characters in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga practice sexual abstinence, but Wheaton College theology professor Beth Felker Jones doesn't think Christians should celebrate the books as a model for chaste romance just yet. At first glance, it seems like there's a lot to like about the romance between Bella, an average teenage girl, and Edward, a 108-year-old vampire with a Victorian sense of morality—he insists that Bella marry him before consummating the relationship. Felker Jones wrote the book Touched by a Vampire: Discovering the Hidden Messages in the Twilight Saga (Multnomah, 2009) to examine the themes of sexuality, gender, salvation, and eternal life wrapped up in the love story of Bella and Edward. She spoke with Christianity Today about the appeal of the books, their approach to sexuality and Mormon theology, and why they should concern Christians. Note: Some spoilers ahead.

via The Trouble with Twilight | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

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