“Meet the Gay, Celibate Catholic Who’s Shaking Up the Sexuality Debates”: Jonathan Merritt

“Meet the Gay, Celibate Catholic Who’s Shaking Up the Sexuality Debates”: Jonathan Merritt May 6, 2015

interviews me for RNS:

A few decades ago, there were basically two options for people who wanted to follow Jesus but were attracted to the same gender: They could either throw off religion and embrace their sexuality, or they could remain in the faith and hide their sexual orientations. Today, there are other options. Some–like Matthew Vines and David Gushee–are attempting to make a biblical case for same-sex relationships. Others–such as Julie Rodgers and Wesley Hill–are leading a movement of celibate gay Christians.

 

Among the second group, Eve Tushnet has risen to prominence. She has a popular blog hosted by the Patheos Catholic Channel and has created a stir with her book “Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith.” Here we discuss why it is important to her to self-identify as a lesbian and whether she’s missing something about the uniqueness and importance of erotic intimacy.

more (and Merritt was one of the people whose questions inspired this post about Fra Angelico and sex and… stuff. In case you were in the market for a LESS coherent answer to his question!)

 

A few decades ago, there were basically two options for people who wanted to follow Jesus but were attracted to the same gender: They could either throw off religion and embrace their sexuality, or they could remain in the faith and hide their sexual orientations. Today, there are other options. Some–like Matthew Vines and David Gushee–are attempting to make a biblical case for same-sex relationships. Others–such as Julie Rodgers and Wesley Hill–are leading a movement of celibate gay Christians. – See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/05/06/meet-the-gay-celibate-catholic-whos-shaking-up-the-sexuality-debates/#sthash.y35zdaE4.dpuf

A few decades ago, there were basically two options for people who wanted to follow Jesus but were attracted to the same gender: They could either throw off religion and embrace their sexuality, or they could remain in the faith and hide their sexual orientations. Today, there are other options. Some–like Matthew Vines and David Gushee–are attempting to make a biblical case for same-sex relationships. Others–such as Julie Rodgers and Wesley Hill–are leading a movement of celibate gay Christians.

Among the second group, Eve Tushnet has risen to prominence. She has a popular blog hosted by the Patheos Catholic Channel and has created a stir with her book “Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith.” Here we discuss why it is important to her to self-identify as a lesbian and whether she’s missing something about the uniqueness and importance of erotic intimacy.

– See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/05/06/meet-the-gay-celibate-catholic-whos-shaking-up-the-sexuality-debates/#sthash.y35zdaE4.dpuf

A few decades ago, there were basically two options for people who wanted to follow Jesus but were attracted to the same gender: They could either throw off religion and embrace their sexuality, or they could remain in the faith and hide their sexual orientations. Today, there are other options. Some–like Matthew Vines and David Gushee–are attempting to make a biblical case for same-sex relationships. Others–such as Julie Rodgers and Wesley Hill–are leading a movement of celibate gay Christians.

Among the second group, Eve Tushnet has risen to prominence. She has a popular blog hosted by the Patheos Catholic Channel and has created a stir with her book “Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith.” Here we discuss why it is important to her to self-identify as a lesbian and whether she’s missing something about the uniqueness and importance of erotic intimacy.

– See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2015/05/06/meet-the-gay-celibate-catholic-whos-shaking-up-the-sexuality-debates/#sthash.y35zdaE4.dpuf


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