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Homosexuality

  1. An Argument for Gay Marriage by Eugene F. Rogers, Jr

    Marriage is for people who find themselves transformed by the desirous perception of another human being made in Godís image. Not to celebrate same-sex weddings may be morally dangerous.

  2. Biblical Perspectives on Homosexuality by Walter Wink

    There is no biblical sex ethic. The Bible knows only a love ethic, which is constantly being brought to bear on whatever sexual mores are dominant in a given country, culture or period. Despite ones revulsion against homosexuality, nevertheless, it appears, for some persons, to be the only natural form their sexuality takes.

  3. Coming Out: Journey without Maps by Carter Heyward

    The author speaks of resistance to all categorizing of human beings, including the use of sexual categories such as homosexual, heterosexual, and bisexual. The reason she cites for resisting is that "being human -- being sexual -- is not a matter of 'qualitative analysis' in which relationships of highest value become genital equations: woman plus woman equals gay; woman plus man equals straight." In her view, the labels we use do not express, but rather distort, the most important things we can know and say about our own sexuality and human sexuality in general.

  4. Conservative Christians and Gay Civil Rights by Letha Scanzoni

    One cityís (Bloomington, Indiana) conservative Christians came to realize that there are at least three sides to the subject of homosexuality: the civil rights factor, the human factor, and the theological factor. Thy have found that it is possible to show compassion in recognizing the human aspect of homosexuality and to support laws against discrimination without compromising their theological position.

  5. Gays and the Bible: A Response to Walter Wink by Robert A. J. Gagnon

    Using Wink's test, one could not categorically deny any form of consensual sexual relationship.

  6. Homosexuality and Christian Faith: A Theological Reflection by Theodore W. Jennings

    Sexual life style and sexual preference are not morally neutral but morally ambiguous -- that is, heavy with the perils of temptation at the same time that they are, or may be, the good gifts of creation. How do the fundamental principles of Christian theology illuminate the question or complex of homosexual/heterosexual life styles?

  7. Homosexuality and the Bible by John B. Cobb, Jr.

    If the only form of homosexual activity of which Paul was aware was promiscuous and lustful, we can agree that what he observed expressed idolatry. But Cobb does not agree that the homosexual couples he knows, who, despite all social pressures, have remained faithful to one another through thick and thin, are behaving unnaturally or expressing idolatry. They do not illustrate Paul's general point in any way. On the contrary, against great odds they provide just that model of Christian sexuality that is relevant to millions of others. That most of our churches reject them for their courage and steadfast faith is no credit to our churches.

  8. Homosexuality and the Church by James B. Nelson

    The church is called to do its ongoing theological and ethical work as responsibly as possible. Fresh insights from feminist theologians, gay Christians, and those secular scholars who frequently manifest God's "common grace" in the world remind us of the numerous ways in which our particular sexual conditions color our perceptions of God's nature and presence among us. If the Protestant Principle turns us against absolutizing historically relative theological judgments, so also our openness to continuing revelation should convince us, with some of our ancestors-in-faith, that "the Lord has yet more light and truth to break forth."

  9. Homosexuality and the Evangelical: The Influence of Contemporary Culture by Robert K. Johnston

    The influence of contemporary culture that has forced evangelicals to reconsider their theological understanding of homosexuality. In conflicting views concerning the theological usefulness of contemporary culture one can discern the developing lines of division within evangelicalism concerning homosexuality in the church. The author examines different evangelical approaches to the issue: rejecting-punitive, non-rejecting punitive, qualified acceptance and full acceptance. He lists the issues still to be settled.

  10. Homosexuality and the Message of Isaiah by Frederick J. Gaiser

    Isaiah overturned a biblical directive. Perhaps there is a message here for todayís debate concerning homosexuality.

  11. Homosexuality and the Vatican by Robert Nugent, S.D.S.

    The distinction between sexual orientation and behavior seems to have been lost or disregarded. It could hardly be argued that the Vatican is expressing support in a way for the “gay liberation movement” in the context of Educational Guidance in Human Love (Published December 1, 1983, by the Sacred congregation for Catholic Education) and magisterial teaching, it is quite evident that “self-control” means total sexual abstinence for homosexual Christians.

  12. Homosexuality: Challenging the Church to Grow by John J. McNeill

    The author argues that not only is homosexuality a gift from God, but that the full inclusion of gays and lesbians into the Christian community is a positive event.

  13. Interpreting What the Bible Says about Homosexuals by H. Edward Everding

    We all interpret out of our own particular and unique life contexts which in turn shape the way we listen to the Bible. Biblical scholars think of this as their "social location" and are careful to be aware of how it affects their interpretation. The author leads us through an examination of our own "social location" -- our life context -- what we know about the Bible, sexuality, and homosexuals as persons, our way of thinking about these matters, and our way of interpreting them.

  14. Joyful Worship in the Midst of Danger by Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

    Years ago I was told that if I wanted to see what the Holy Spirit is doing among gay Christians, I ought to visit the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles. For one reason or another (homophobia, perhaps?) I never bothered to do it. Now at last I have experienced what it is like to worship the Lord among a persecuted people, and I have seen the Spirit in action there. Ever since, I have known that I must make this statement to my Christian sisters and brothers everywhere.

  15. Process Thought and the Liberation of Homosexuals by Arvid Adell

    Process Theology suggests that in some ways God is immutable and absolute, while in other ways he is changeable and relative. In the case of homosexuality, although wrong in biblical times when population growth was important, the situation today has changed, and any insistence in the need for reproduction is not now advantageous or propitious. The process model of theology offers a valid, creative method of scriptural interpretation.

  16. Reservations About Gay Marriages by Dennis O'Brien

    The author is in favor of "civil union" as a concept more in keeping with our restrained sense of law and less tilted toward the equating of gay and heterosexual unions.

  17. Rethinking Homosexuality by Don Browning

    In reviewing David Greenberg’s thorough world history of homosexuality from a sociological point of view, Don Browning explores how Greenberg challenges most current Western beliefs and attitudes, and suggests corrections that must certainly evoke major questions, if not adjustments, by society in general and the religious community in particular.

  18. The Last Committee on Sexuality (Ever) by John Fortunato

    No self-respecting gay man or lesbian should have to listen to his or her ontology debated ever again, and the church should be the last institution to sponsor such a forum.

  19. The Neglected Phenomenon of Female Homosexuality by Seward Hiltner

    A possible explanation of societyís apparent lack of concern over female homosexuality, and an assessment of a new study on lesbianism to be soon published.

  20. To Hell with Gays: Sex and the Bible by Walter Wink

    A review of The Bible and Homosexual Practice, by Robert A.J. Gagnon. The author of the review thinks this book sinks under its own weight, for its author makes no secret of his loathing of the whole homosexual community, quoting every passage in the bible that can even remotely be translated against them, often twisting passages to say what they do not mean.