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Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality

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I haven't read this book, but it looks interesting, to say the least! I thought y'all might want to know about it.

Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality

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In a powerful new book, evangelical theologian and former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Jack Rogers argues unequivocally for equal rights in the church and in society for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Throughout history, he observes, Christianity has moved towards ever greater openness and inclusiveness. Today's church is led by many of those who were once cast out: people of color, women, and divorced and remarried people. He argues that when we interpret the Bible through the lens of Jesus' redemptive life and ministry, we see that the church is called to grant equal rights to all people. Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality describes Rogers' own change of mind and heart on the issue; charts the church's well-documented history of using biblical passages to oppress marginalized groups; argues for a Christ-centered reading of Scripture; debunks oft-repeated stereotypes about gays and lesbians; and concludes with ideas for how the church can heal itself and move forward again. A fascinating combination of personal narrative, theology, and church history, this book is essential reading for all concerned with the future of the church and the health of the nation. "This is an extraordinary book, arguably the best to appear in the long, drawn-out debates within churches over homosexuality," says J. Philip Wogaman, former senior minister at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. "Rogers book will be useful to people of ALL mainline denomination..." says the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire. "For those who truly wish to know what the Bible does and does not say, this is a real find."



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In terms of the attitude of religious reform that Jesus put forth, I'd have to agree.  In terms of the literal interpretation of the gospels, which I've seen fundies among both Christianity and atheism use, it doesn't work (e.g. Jesus says to follow the old laws, which implies that Leviticus is still in effect).

However, if people were really intent on following Jesus' example, they would have to agree with the former interpretation as well.

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I'm glad there are people within organized religions that are inspired to be rational and reject homophobia, but the cure remains getting rid of Christianity itself.  I suppose one approach is to improve Christianity into something different, but as long as it comes down to some bastard deity with a beard, white hair, a curvy staff thingy, and a really bad temper then I'm for it going away completely.

The whole authoritative God thing, with the representatives on Earth to interpret and administer justice, it leaves me cold.

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New Book Dares to Show Queer Jesus

Boy, I hope she has bodyguards! Some Christians are awefully touchy about their so called "Saviour".

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Well, what can you say about a guy who spent most of his time hanging around single men in togas, never dated or married even though it would have been VERY unusual for a Jewish man at the time, and went so far as to teach that lust for women is sinful?  He never once specifically condemned homosexuality as sinful, even though people like Moses and St. Paul were quite hell bent on repeating this rule over and over again.

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I tell ya, when I were just a wee lad at St Cecilias I thought that wrap Jeebus was wearing on the cross looked awfully hot.  Jeebus sets off my gaydar too.

I make no claim to have actually, you know, well, not with Jeebus. No such claim.

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Didn't the Christians put an end to gay sex in japan?

I read it up on wikipedia.

Samurai's used to have sex with their apprentices to teach tem how to be caring, and prostitution was quite legal. Knock Knock Knock says Christianity.

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Doesn't someone have to actually exist, before they can have an opinion about anything? Someone, somewhere has to prove to me that Jesus was an actual being before I will listen to any of his rantings.

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Doesn't someone have to actually exist, before they can have an opinion about anything? Someone, somewhere has to prove to me that Jesus was an actual being before I will listen to any of his rantings.


There you go talking sense again!

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Sorry. I allowed the rational part of my brain to gain control again.

and now, back to normal . .

:snork_lach: :snork_lach: :snork_lach: :snork_lach: :snork_lach: :snork_lach:

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There for a bit I thought you might've been channelling Socrates!  :snork_blin:

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I had a cat named Socrates once. . . and I have no idea why? :snork_hams:

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Maybe you liked cats at the time?

Not me, too many bones.


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