The Age reporter Barney Swartz reported: ''Women's and girls' magazines are full of advice on better sex, from how to catch and hold your man down to detailed instructions on sexual techniques. Now it seems the oldest written recipe, the Bible's, might be the best.
"Neuroscientific studies suggest that ''life-long heterosexual monogamy'' is most likely to provide both sexual satisfaction and excitement, a Melbourne conference heard at the weekend.
"While women's activist Melinda Tankard Reist complained that Dolly magazine, aimed at 10 to 13-year-old girls, provided instructions on oral and anal sex without any context or warnings, Sydney University sexologist Patricia Weerakoon said biblical sexual ethics were healthy and life-affirming.
"In a joint paper with her son, Sydney Presbyterian minister Kamal Weerakoon, she said non-religious people expected the church to be fearful, ignorant, defensive, repressed and hypocritical with only one message about sex: don't do it.
"But a biblical understanding of sex was deeply positive - ''do it, God made us for it'' - while also being honest about human imperfections and limitations.
Mr Weerakoon explained that "'Biologically, we are wired to desire sex, to fall in love with the person we desire sex with, and for that love to develop into deep attachment. Our bodies are wired to operate best with one sexual partner for life,'' he said.
''Both academia and pop culture assume that biblical, Christian sexual ethics are at best outdated and irrelevant, and at worst repressive and harmful. We are seen as legalist, repressed, hypocritical killjoys who spend all our time trying to stop everyone from having a good time.
"But a biblical sexual anthropology and ethic was the church's gift to the world, he said. ''Christians should be out and proud.''
Dr Mark Tronson has been involved with a study of similar themes, specialising in research on Christian Sex for well over a decade and in 2008 published a paper on it citing Mark Discoll who is one of the US top evangelicals 'series of sermons' on Christian sex. The paper was republished in 2010.
Tronson was one of several leading Australian evangelical Christian theologians (elected as one of Australia's top 25 Evangelicals in 2005, published in New Life magazine) who wrote on this subject in the late 1990s.
A few of his more conservative colleagues bayed for any preacher's blood, including his, for raising the topic for seemingly saying anything other than quoting the 'Song of Solomon'. Sad but true!
Yet, nine years later, as detailed in his published paper in Christian Today Australia, by typing into Google "Christian Sex" the most alarming sites came up without even so much as a blink of an eye.
The question he put was: What had happened in those nine years?
He put forward in that article the following, which are as valid today as they were then.
First, wiser heads within the evangelical and Pentecostal movement recognised that sex had to be raised and discussed within their Churches with an almost shocking openness, if a discussion with parishioners of all ages was to be maintained with credibility
Second, all young people now have access to sex education in the classroom, and many reasonable evangelicals and Pentecostals saw their participation in the education process as an absolute necessity. Sadly, some will always have their heads in the sand.
Third, although books on sex for Christians have had this type of information for decades, websites for Christian material on 'sex' was basically non-existent a decade ago. This area has developed exponentially as more and more people of all ages and walks of life find the Internet a convenient (and sometimes indispensable) way to get information.
Now, even the secular media has caught on regarding the 'old book' which has some very good and proven 'old advice'…