Four Kinds of Argument on “True Fulfillment” for Gay Christians

Tim Otto (I reviewed his book here) asks a question about those of us who call for a revival of devoted, intimate same-sex love within the historic Christian sexual ethic: [I]f Wesley is encouraging people of the same sex to “go all the way” in spiritual, emotional, and intellectual ways, why not “go all the way” with the body as well?…I’m curious as to how Wesley would respond to concerns that by singling out physical intimacy as wrong, his proposal is dualist or even gnostic. (from here, … [Read more...]

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Three Women Discuss What We’ve Learned from Not Having Sex

I am the lifer in the world's most boring women in prison flick: ...One woman, Kat, chose to stop having sex with her boyfriend of two and a half years as a way to strengthen her relationship with God and to gain a sense of control in her life. The other, Eve Tushnet, is the author of Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith and Amends: A Novel. She became a Catholic in college and, in doing so, began a life of celibacy.Listen to the podcast below to l … [Read more...]

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Everything Is Scandalous, Even Super Boring Things

One of the questions I get a lot about Gay Catholic Whatnot comes mostly from well-meaning straight folk. "How can I share my beliefs," they ask, "without people thinking I'm a bigot?"I have various things I say in response to this question but it often struck me as obnoxious. Your life is mostly about my public image!, you know? But the other day I realized something which helped me to see both why this question comes up for genuinely kind and selfless people, and also why it is still the … [Read more...]

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“Gay and Christian: Exploring Vocation, Friendship, And Celibacy”: I’m in this

three talks at the St Benedict Forum of Hope College. Me on "The Radical Challenge of Gay Celibacy," then Joshua Gonnerman on "A Different Conversation: Changing How We Think About Gay Politics," and then Ron Belgau on "Understanding the Bible's Teaching on Homosexuality." … [Read more...]

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“Who Are the Gay Evangelicals?”: Molly Worthen

in the NY Times:...Exodus’s collapse was a media spectacle. It was a huge blow to those who insist that same-sex attraction can be “cured,” and an encouragement to the growing number of evangelicals, particularly millennials, who support L.G.B.T. rights. But some young Christians resist the notion that embracing queer sexuality as an identity — not a disease — permits them to embrace homosexual relationships. These dissenters proudly call themselves gay or queer or bisexual. But they have tu … [Read more...]

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The Unprotected: Stuff That Happens to Celibate Gay Christians (Too)

So after the "Three False Gods" presentation I did another one, called "The Radical Challenge of Gay Celibacy." There was a lot of overlapping material, but here I want to highlight a section that was only in the second one. I wanted to point out the ways in which both halves of the term "gay celibacy" are challenging to our churches and to American culture. So I decided to just give a list, of stuff that has happened to gay Christians I know who are/were at the time trying sincerely to follow … [Read more...]

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If You Don’t Honor Celibacy…

This is a more tentative section of my "three false gods" presentation. It's about what we lose when marriage crowds out the practice of celibacy.Catholics have marriage as an image of Heaven--the wedding feast of the Lamb. But we also have celibacy as an image of the life of Heaven, where there is neither marrying nor giving in marriage. Putting marriage in its proper place means not only renewing other forms of "horizontal" love, but also a rediscovery of the beauty and passion of … [Read more...]

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