A Christian Friend Told Me This Video Made Him Pro-Gay

A Christian friend told me this video convinced him homosexuality wasn’t sinful after all. So, I figured I would offer it for Christian readers to consider and for pro-gay friends, whether Christian or otherwise, to pass on to their Christian friends, whether they be pro-gay or anti-gay.

In the comments put timestamps to any especially interesting moments you see.

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • http://tellmewhytheworldisweird.blogspot.com/ perfectnumber628

    I’ve seen this video before- I love it! He is so thorough and addresses pretty much everything the bible/Christians typically say about homosexuality.

    I’m Christian and I used to believe all that garbage about how gay people are bad and trying to destroy marriage or whatever. I’m really glad I’ve been able to LISTEN to actual gay people (especially gay Christians), instead of just believing those stereotypes. And yes, now I totally support marriage equality and all the gay rights.

  • Jayn

    This video also breaks down why I have major issues with the KJV ‘Bible-alone’ crowd. We’re very culturally distanced from the writers of the Bible, and if we’re working from a translation linguistically divorced from them as well. Those two things make it easy to read a different interpretation into the text than was actually meant.

  • Rosie

    I think the argument about the sin of Sodom being inhospitality rather than homosexuality is somewhat undermined by the fact that gang-rape of two virgin girls is, apparently, ok (since it was the “righteous” man offering them up for abuse) but gang-rape of angels who look like men isn’t. Or rather, it rests on women being property rather than people, which isn’t really any better.

    • 3lemenope

      There is a nearly exact parallel story in Judges 19-20 which helps to substantiate the hospitality interpretation. Long story short, in Judges 19 we have a case of male travelers falling under the protection of a guest’s roof while traveling, and folks looking to rape the guests show up at the house, and the owner of the house offers his virgin daughter (who like in Sodom is rejected by the mob); unlike the Sodom story the guest then offers his concubine, who is accepted by the rapists as a substitute and does not survive the ensuing horror. The consternation that follows over the violation of hospitality rules leading to the death of the concubine (who is fed-ex’d in pieces to the Twelve tribes to stir them up) sparks an actual all-out war.

      The conclusion to this story undercuts the idea that it was homosexuality that caused the problem, because the only acts of sex in the story are heterosexual.


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