March 1, 2017
Dr. Jason E. King, professor of theology at Saint Vincent College as well as editor of The Journal of Moral Theology, recently published a book, entitled, Faith with Benefits: Hookup Culture on Catholic Campuses.
King’s Faith with Benefits is the result of the largest study of students at Catholic colleges and universities to see if these campuses offer any alternative to the hookup culture prominent in campus life. Drawing from his study of 26 Catholic campuses, King attempts to answer if there was any benefit to faith and so to help students find the relationship they desire.
In his book abstract, King summarized his study as well as its results. “Based on two years of surveys and interviews, Faith with Benefit argues that the connection between the religious culture and hookup culture of Catholic campuses is neither simple nor straightforward. Those campuses at the extremes of Catholic identity – those with very strong or marginal Catholic identity – have the lowest rates of hooking up, while those in the middle have the highest rates of hooking up. This is further complicated by the fact that the hookup culture is not the same on all these campuses. There was not one hookup culture but multiple ones. Some had a stereotypical hookup culture, some bent hookup culture to relationships and others defined their culture over and against hooking up. What seemed to be key is the religious faith of the students and the kind of support they had from their college or university.”
David M. McCarthy, author of Sex and Love in the Home, said, “The sexual practices of young Catholics often seem inconsistent with their faith commitments – contradictory in terms of how they articulate the goods of friendship and healthy relationships. In Faith with Benefits, Jason King gives us a framework to start to make sense of it all. He combines social research with theological insight and offers us an illuminating picture of what is happening on Catholic campuses and why.”
King also published an article titled, “How Does Catholic Identity Affect Hookup Culture?” in the journal of religion and public life, First Things, on Feb. 9, 2017.
King is the co-editor of God Has Begun a Great Work in Us: Embodied Love in Consecrated Life and Ecclesial Movements, alongside Shannon Schrein, O.S.F. The publication won a third place award from the Catholic Press Association in the category of gender issues. He also published an article, “Whose Gradualism? Which Relationships?” in the June 2016 issue of Horizons, the Journal of the College Theology Society.
Faith with Benefits is available at the Saint Vincent College bookstore and online at Amazon as well as the Oxford University Press website.
Photo: Dr. Jason E. King
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