What does the bible say about sex and homosexuality?

21 Jul

From The Gospel Coalition:

The New Testament’s voice on the issue of homosexuality is now in question, even among many in our own churches, who have heard repeated (and often sophisticated) revisionist arguments. Following the lead of the academy, the mainstream culture is quickly adopting many of these arguments as well.

What does the New Testament really say, and how should we understand the issues at stake? Did Jesus ever address the topic? Was Paul familiar with the sort of consensual, committed same-sex relationships we see today or was he merely indicting exploitative aberrations (e.g., rape, pederasty, rampant promiscuity)? Did the apostle have a category for what we now call “orientation”? Might he have disliked homosexuality because he feared it threatened male, patriarchal dominance of women?

It’s difficult to think of a person more qualified to tackle questions like these than Robert Gagnon. The associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has written voluminously on the subject, including works such as The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Abingdon, 2010) and Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (with Dan Via; Augsburg, 2003).

The Council of The Gospel Coalition welcomed Gagnon to its three-day meeting in May to address this contested and sensitive topic. You can listen to his 45-minute presentation here.

[audio http://tgc-audio.s3.amazonaws.com/podcast/Homosexuality%20and%20the%20Bible_%20Getting%20the%20Story%20Straight.mp3]

 

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