Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views

Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views

Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views

Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views

Synopsis

"In this brief book, two New Testament scholars discuss the relevant biblical texts on the subject of homosexual behavior and orientation. Discussing both Old Testament and New Testament texts, each author also raises important interpretive and moral questions and then offers a response to the other's main assertions. Chief questions examined by each include what the Bible has to say about homosexuality and homosexual behavior, the meaning of those texts in their cultural contexts, and the larger hermeneutical dilemma of what kind of authority the Bible's teaching, if recoverable, has for Christians today." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

What stance should Christians and Christian churches take regarding homosexuality? How are gay and lesbian Christians to participate in the ongoing life of the Christian community? Open dialogue in the church on these topics is still fairly recent and difficult. Sexual identity is so fundamental to our personal identity that these questions are not simple decisions but cut to the core of our humanity. The issues at stake are complex and include biblical interpretation, biology, psychology, sociology, law, ethics, and church politics. Furthermore, there are deep emotions manifested in the church's discussions: guilt, shame, anger, fear, and embarrassment about discussing in public issues surrounding such deeply private matters. A key point of contention is the biblical witness—its meaning, use, and authority.

In this brief book, two New Testament scholars examine the biblical passages on the subject of same-sex sexual behavior and how this relates to modern questions of construing homosexuality and sexual orientation. Discussing both Old Testament and New Testament passages, each author also raises important interpretive and moral questions and then offers a response to the other's assumptions, assertions, and conclusions.

Chief questions examined by professors Via and Gagnon include the distinctions between purity systems and sin, the . . .

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