I was interested in this NRO article by David French today on"Evangelicals' Collapsing Sexual Mores":
"For all unmarried young adults the total is 88 percent. Oh, and even as 80 percent of young unmarried evangelicals are sexually active, 76 percent of evangelicals still believe sex outside of marriage is wrong."
The reason this interested me is that I am also reading The Blue Parakeet, by Scot McKnight, which discusses the same problem (page 118 ff.)
McKnight makes this excellent point:
"...there is no such thing as 'premarital' intercourse in the Bible. Intercourse, [per Exodus 22:16-17] constitutes the sexual union that we call marriage."
I'm with McKnight on this. Psychologically and theologically, sex constitutes the union, not the words that make it legal.
Perhaps we need to rethink our culture's recent practice of delayed marriage.