Slate’s Bad Religion Entry 8: “I may not like it, but I can’t claim gay relationships fit the Christian view of sexuality”


The following piece is part 8 of a, thus far, 9 part dialogue between the author of Bad Religion, Ross Douthat and’s William Saletan. The book is about on faith in American society.

Having just read part 8 from my Twitter feed, I found it rather interesting. It seems to set a tone for a more open and civil dialog over the often volatile divide between Christianity and homosexuality.

Because we live in a pluralistic society however, we still must demand our civil rights and social justice for LGBT people and all marginalized groups, regardless of anyone’s religious arguments to the contrary.

I am now off to read the rest of the series from the beginning, perhaps even the book as well.

Here is an excerpt of Bad Religion – Entry 8: I may not like it, but I can’t claim gay relationships fit the Christian view of sexuality”

If the Christian view of homosexuality were just grounded in a single passage in Leviticus and a single passage in the Pauline epistles, then the kind of modern reinterpretation you’re suggesting would be—well, not easy, exactly, but relatively plausible. What I try to suggest in Bad Religion, though, is that the problem runs deeper than this. The Christian view of gay sex is bound up in the Christian view of straight sex, which is rooted in the entirety of the biblical narrative, from the creation story in Genesis down through Jesus’ words in the New Testament. It’s a narrative in which human sexuality has a clear teleology—the reunification of the two equal-but-different halves of humanity (“male and female he created them … therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh …”), and the begetting of children within a context that’s intended be a kind of microcosm of humanity as a whole. Read more…