Immodest dress likened to walking with a candle among straw or gunpowder

The Puritan Richard Baxter (1615-1691) understood the danger of immodest, provocative attire when he penned the following words of counsel to women,

“And you must not lay a stumbling block in their way, nor blow up the fire of their lust, nor make your ornaments snares but you must walk among sinful persons as you would do with a candle among straw or gunpowder, or else you may see the flame which you would not foresee, when it is too late to quench it.”

The Stephen Nolan radio show gave me the opportunity to make a contribution (by phone) today. to a discussion on this very subject which was triggered by a barrister’s (lawyer) comments about the link between provocative clothing and drunkenness in women and the fact that such behaviour signals to men that such women are morally loose and sexually available.

To hear my contribution to the programme, click on the following link and skip to the 20 minutes 49 seconds segment. I spoke intermittently up to the 36 minute 24 second slot.

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