Homosexuality the bible and the church

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homosexuality the bible and the church

Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church by Preston Sprinkle

No issue is more divisive or more pressing for the church today than homosexuality. Two Views on Homosexuality, the Bible, and the Church brings a fresh perspective to a well-worn debate. While Christian debates about homosexuality are most often dominated by biblical exegesis, this book seeks to give much-needed attention to the rich history of received Christian tradition, bringing the Bible into conversation with historical and systematic theology. To that end, both theologians and biblical scholars—well accomplished in their fields and conversant in issues of sexuality and gender—articulate and defend each of the two views:

Affirming view

William Loader
Megan K. DeFranza
 Traditional view

Wesley Hill
Stephen R. Holmes
Unique among most debates on homosexuality, this book presents a constructive dialogue between people who disagree on significant ethical and theological matters, and yet maintain a respectful and humanizing posture toward one another. Even as these scholars articulate pointed arguments for their position with academic rigor and depth, they do so cordially, clearly, and compassionately, without demeaning the other.

The main essays are followed by exceptionally insightful responses and rejoinders that interact with their fellow essayists with convicted civility. Holding to a high view of Scripture, a commitment to the gospel and the church, and a love for people—especially those most affected by this topic—the contributors wrestle deeply with the Bible and theology, especially the prohibition texts, the role of procreation, gender complementarity, and pastoral accommodation.

The book concludes with general editor Preston Sprinkle’s reflections on the future of discussions on faith and sexuality.
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Each of the four essays is followed by responses from the other three essayists. A short rejoinder from the first author then concludes each of the four sections. The structure looks complicated, but it works well, and is concluded with an essay from the editor. No one knows more than William Loader about sexuality in the biblical and intertestamental periods. The tone of the book is respectful and never polemical. This is most welcome.

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Open admission of same-sex desires

Christian leaders have written about homosexual male—male sexual activities since the first decades of Christianity ; female—female sexual behaviour was almost entirely ignored. However, in the 20th century some prominent theologians and Christian religious groups have espoused a wide variety of beliefs and practices towards homosexuals, including the establishment of some "open and accepting" congregations that actively support LGBT members, which they consider biblical in light of other rebukes in the New Testament that Christians might gloss over, such as wealth, [2] women refraining from speaking in church [3] or covering their heads while praying, [4] and protestant churches lack of support for adults who do not want to marry, such as building monasteries, [5] even though New Testament verses speak of the virtues of remaining single, [6] such as the example of , males who are not to be "defiled" [7] with females before being redeemed in the apocalypse. Several post World War 2 translations now have one to four verses literally rebuking homosexuals while replacing all mention of fornicators with "the immoral" or "sexual immoral" and leaving ambiguous homosexual or heterosexual immorality. Prior to the rise of Christianity, certain sexual practices that people today call "homosexual" [15] had existed among certain groups, with some degree of social acceptance in ancient Rome and ancient Greece e. It is believed by some interpreters [ citation needed ] in recent times that Paul was only addressing such practices in Romans 1: 26—27, while others usually see these verses as condemning all forms of homoeroticism. The Judaic prohibitions found in Leviticus 18 and address the issue of sex between two men.


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