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Jonathan Dudley writes, Growing up in the evangelical community, I learned the Bibleâ€™s stance on homosexuality is clear-cut. God condemns it, I was taught, and those who disagree just havenâ€™t read their Bibles closely enough.
Having recently graduated from Yale Divinity School, I can say that my childhood communityâ€™s approach to gay rightsâ€”though well intentionedâ€”is riddled with self-serving double standards.
I donâ€™t doubt that the one New Testament author who wrote on the subject of male-male intercourse thought it a sin. In Romans 1, the only passage in the Bible where a reason is explicitly given for opposing same-sex relations, the Apostle Paul calls them â€œunnatural.â€
Problem is, Paulâ€™s only other moral argument from nature is the following: â€œDoes not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair, it is degrading to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory?â€ (1 Corinthians 11:14-15).
Few Christians would answer that question with a â€œyes.â€
In short, Paul objects to two things as unnatural: one is male-male sex and the other is long hair on men and short hair on women. The community opposed to gay marriage takes one condemnation as timeless and universal and the other as culturally relative.
I also donâ€™t doubt that those who advocate gay marriage are advocating a revision of the Christian tradition.
But the community opposed to gay marriage has itself revised the Christian tradition in a host of ways. For the first 1500 years of Christianity, for example, marriage was deemed morally inferior to celibacy. When a theologian named Jovinian challenged that hierarchy in 390 A.D. â€” merely by suggesting that marriage and celibacy might be equally worthwhile endeavors â€” he was deemed a heretic and excommunicated from the church.
via CNN Belief Blog
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What do YOU think? Â Does Jonathan make some valid points, or is he just a victim of liberal Yale Divinity School theology?
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