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Excerpt: "This article is called forth by the following considerations: There is the desire, first, to answer the stock remark of so many young people, ''What's the harm? Everybody does it." - and second, to arouse the church of today to a realization of what is happening. Our homes and home influences are at an all-time low. Divorce, the "white slave" trade, and the illegitimate birth rate are, according to government statistics, at or near all-time highs. Competent authorities conservatively report that in one U. S. city alone hundreds of girls disappear each day of the year never to be heard from again. We see about us indications of a sadistic social trend like that which preceded the crack-up of the Roman Empire. One such indication is the tremendous drawing power of the prize fight and the modern slap-bang professional wrestling match. It may be hard for the psychologist to find the answer to these conditions, but for the Christian it is is found in Romans 1 :28, "And even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up unto a reprobate mind .... " "
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Hinshaw, Kelsey E., "The Christian and Petting" (1958). Historical Quaker Books. 61.