In which I respond to natural-law rulemaking by emoting about vocation.

Hey, it pays the bills. No, but here I am in First Things responding to Douglas Farrow's "Thirteen Theses On Marriage." Other respondents include Jonathan Rauch, Paige Hochschild, David Blankenhorn, and Amy Wax. … [Read more...]

The two halves of my message on Gay Catholic Whatnot

It's genuinely hard to say both "Die to self" and "live in Christ," to focus equally strongly on crucifixion and resurrection, submission and liberation. I need to do better at being clear about the sacrifices. I think I'm so focused on making queer, chaste Christian life more viable, fruitful, and loving, that I can sound a bit Pollyannaish. The Gospel is not really sunny-side-up, even though it is a love story which ends with lovers reunited. … [Read more...]

From Jenell Williams Paris, “The End of Sexual Identity”

Celibacy is surely a strenuous spiritual path, but today the cost of celibacy is unreasonably and unnecessarily high. When it comes to moral teachings about sex outside of marriage, we isolate sexual pleasure from all the other good things that are connected to sexual relationships. People are commanded to abstain from sexual and intimacy, but no one addresses how abstention may also limit the person's access to family, touch, children, financial stability and so on. It's hard to be a celibate … [Read more...]

“Coming out… Orthodox,” parts one and two.

Really good stuff, much needed. Part one has a meaty paragraph about vocation and how parish communities can foster or stifle honesty and compassion (and I also got a lot from the comment by Pete, at 12.58). In part two, what was most striking to me was the contrast of the metaphor of discovery and the metaphor of integration. Although as a convert I obviously feel the metaphor of discovery pretty strongly, I agree that the second metaphor can be especially helpful for gay/same-sex attracted … [Read more...]

“An Open Letter to LGBT or Same-Sex Attracted Freshmen at Christian Colleges and Universities”

is here. Via Wesley Hill. … [Read more...]

“A Better Conversation about Homosexuality”

article by Christopher Benson in Christianity Today. There are several nice moments here--I especially liked this bit: [Wesley] Hill quotes philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, “I can only answer the question ‘What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?’” It’s this prior question that gets ignored in the debate on homosexuality because the church has mistakenly given primacy to ethics over the narrative functions of doctrine and ministry. T … [Read more...]

Interview w/Wesley Hill on “Young Evangelicals and the Culture Wars”

this is the guy who wrote the best single book I've read on Gay Christian Whatnot. Part one; part two. His answer to the last question in part one is esp on-point. … [Read more...]


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