Sex in Cinema

A New Approach for Christian Discernment in a Pornified Culture


In a pornified society like ours, it is impossible to interact with pop culture without being exposed to sexualized content--some of it explicit. When it comes to being a patron of visual stories--such as movies, television shows, and theatrical productions--we find ourselves navigating reviews and content warnings in order to determine whether or not a particular piece of entertainment is appropriate to watch.

A concern for personal purity is admirable, but it stops far short of a robust Christian ethic. This online course points us toward one of the most important, yet most oft-neglected, principles of cultural engagement: considering not just our own spiritual health, but also the spiritual and emotional good of an overlooked demographic: our entertainers.

Yes, Hollywood's output can sometimes be a stumbling block to us. What's essential for us to realize, however, is that we can also be a stumbling block to Hollywood. Missing this vital truth will hinder our ability to avoid legalism on one end and licentiousness on the other. The key ingredient to navigating between these two extremes...is love.


“As someone who has long studied and meditated on the intersection of faith and art, I can recommend this course unequivocally. Stewart takes a fascinating, well-informed and virtually unique approach."

- Joseph W. Smith III, film critic and author of Sex and Violence in the Bible and Transparency: A Cure for Hypocrisy in the Modern Church

“Cap Stewart remains a clear and reasonable Christian voice on sexual issues that are starving for exactly that.”

- Paeter Frandsen, author of the Spirit Blade trilogy

“A holy church in the Age of Entertainment must address the Christian’s relationship to Hollywood. With great clarity, well-grounded in Scripture, Cap Stewart’s work is an essential and invaluable voice in pointing all of us to the least talked about but most important issue for Christians in their entertainment choices.”

- Wayne A. Wilson, author of Worldly Amusements and Senior Pastor at Acton Faith Bible Church

“The content in this course is astounding. After the #metoo movement, we knew there was a problem with sexual abuse in Hollywood, but very few people knew the full extent of their corruption. Cap has clearly spent considerable time researching the exploitation of actresses in Hollywood. What he has collected is sickening and action-worthy in every way for the believer. His analysis is clear, biblical, and relevant to the modern evangelical church. The church needs to hear this message!”

- Marian Jacobs, staff writer for Lorehaven Magazine and author of Drawn from the Water

“Reading Cap Stewart initially feels like a fresh, new take on approaching media as a Christian. A bit further in you realize the take isn’t so much new as ancient, bringing God’s timeless truth to bear on modern media in a way rich with helps for the reader and glory directed to the Creator.”

- Jeff Wright, pastor of Midway Baptist Church and co-host of the Pop Culture Coram Deo podcast

“Abraham Kuyper famously said, ‘There is not one square inch in the whole universe over which the risen Christ does not cry, “Mine!”’ For years now, Cap Stewart has been showing us how that’s true for cinema too; he’s showing Christians how we can watch movies to the glory of God.”

- Jon Dykstra, Editor of Reformed Perspective Magazine

Your Instructor

Cap Stewart
Cap Stewart

Recognized by Zondervan Academic as one of the top Christian thinkers on sexualized entertainment, Cap Stewart is a contributor to the anthology Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues, released in 2019. Cap has written for several print and online publications. As a writer, speaker, and artist, he has developed his love of stories through drama, radio, videography, independent filmmaking, and collecting and reviewing film scores. Cap has been writing about theology and the arts at capstewart.com since 2006.

Course Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the suggested movies included in the course?
The decision to not charge everyone for physical copies of each movie is based on several factors: 1) most of the suggested movies are already available through other means (online streaming services, library rentals, etc.), 2) not all students would want to watch (and pay for) every movie, and 3) we wanted to keep the course easily affordable.
How much of the content is original?
Rest assured: these lessons are not just rehashed material that Cap has previously published. While some magazine articles and blog posts have been repurposed (with heavy edits and drastic reorganizations), a majority of the content here is exclusive to this course.
What if I am not satisfied with the course?
One of the reasons the introductory lesson is freely available is to give you a good feel for how the course is laid out and what you can expect to glean from this material. Even so, if you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is Cap your real name?
There are three possible answers to this question: 1) It certainly isn’t fake! 2) My real name is Capernicus Maximus Ignalious, commander of the Stewart Clan of the East Coast, General of my imaginary legion, loyal servant to the true Sovereign of the state (and the world, and the universe). Father to three marvelous daughters, husband to a magnificent wife. Because of divine mercy, I will have my vindication, if not in this life, then certainly the next. 3) Yes.

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