Savi Hensman—Journey towards acceptance: theologians and same-sex love

Posted by Kendall Harmon

In this paper, Savi Hensman gives a detailed overview of some of the most significant affirmative theological work on same-sex love and the Christian tradition. She demonstrates the unhelpful and simplistic positing of a straightforward 'conservative versus liberal' divide on these issues, and draws on Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, Quaker and Anabaptist/Mennonite thinkers.

Read it all (note that the site includes a summary as well as a pdf of the whole paper).

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Posted October 27, 2012 at 7:00 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Jim the Puritan wrote:

The divide is simpler than this:  those who believe in the authority of the Bible and those who do not.

October 27, 4:37 pm | [comment link]
2. driver8 wrote:

To begin with, thoughtful and spiritually insightful thinkers in ancient as well as modern times have
often pointed to the need to go beyond superficial piety…

Speaking of which…

October 27, 8:29 pm | [comment link]
3. Bill Matz wrote:

What is discouraging is the constant recycling of thoroughly discredited arguments, e.g.:
  1. “St. Paul didn’t know about committed gay relationships.” Thoroughly rebutted by, inter alia, N.T. Wright, citing Plato, with whom St. Paul was familiar.
  2. Works righteousness (“X andX are nice people; so gay must be OK.”)  Integrity has shamelessly used that reasoning.

October 27, 10:44 pm | [comment link]
4. MichaelA wrote:

Pretty fairly sums up why Savi Hensman is an irrelevant journalist.

October 28, 2:12 am | [comment link]
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