Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses

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The Spiritual Colleges
Souls Adrift

Religion? It’s one of those no-no topics of conversation.
student at a nonreligious private university


SEARCHING ALONE? MAX BRADLEE

Before Max Bradlee walks into the room, I expect to see yet another seemingly well-mannered frat boy from the public university I’m visiting. When I look up from my desk, I am startled. I find myself staring into the eyes of a boy who looks like Marilyn Manson.

Tall and lanky, Max waits patiently in the doorway, his head tilted slightly, his long, dyed-black hair hanging like a curtain along one side of his face. I invite him in and he removes his dark jean jacket, folding it neatly over a chair. He extends his hand to shake mine and I notice the thick charcoal lines that outline his eyes, the deep blue, chipped polish on his fingernails, and the almost black lipstick that turns his mouth into a gloomy, indigo smudge. Against all the makeup, his face is ghostly white.

“I’m Max,” he says politely. He sits down, and we begin.

When I ask for his religious affiliation, Max says that he is an agnostic but that he grew up in a religious household. Soon it is clear that

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