"I wouldn’t still be practicing chastity if it were only because of [expletive] religion."

Anna Broadway, writing for her.meneutics on chastity before marriage:

Why does sexual patience so easily slip into the territory of religion, whereby waiting becomes a means of manipulating and using God to get what we want?

Years back, when working on my memoir (of “reluctant chastity,” yes), I spent an evening babysitting the daughter of some friends. After the baby had gone down, I picked up a volume of collected C. S. Lewis writings they had out, which included advice I’ve never forgotten. The gist was that it’s all too easy to slip into preaching the gospel on the grounds that it’s good for you rather than simply that it’s true… truth ultimately has to stand on its authority, not its efficacy.