The current edition of Nation's Health (June/July 2005) has an article by Bill Smith who is the Vice President of Public Policy with the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. The article is entitled, Virginity Pledges linked to risk. I think this kind of data shows how ineffective the behavioral modification techniques that we use, in youth ministry and in the church, really are. Manipulating kids into making commitments and thinking that we have accomplished spiritual formation is absurd. The Holy Spirit alone generates authentic transformation and we can't manufacture that with shallow, safe, program-driven youth ministry tricks.