My Take: Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality?
- My Take: Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality?
Editor's Note: Jonathan Dudley is the author of Broken Words: The Abuse of
Science and Faith in American Politics.
By Jonathan Dudley, Special to CNN
Growing up in the evangelical community, I learned the Bible's stance on
homosexuality is clear-cut. God condemns it, I was taught, and those who
disagree just haven't read their Bibles closely enough.
Having recently graduated from Yale Divinity School, I can say that my
childhood community's approach to gay rights-though well intentioned-is
riddled with self-serving double standards.
I don'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 "unnatural."
Problem is, Paul's only other moral argument from nature is the following:
"Does 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?" (1
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