John Corvino on Homosexuality and the Bible

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HT Hemant Mehta. If you find those videos of interest, you may also be interested in some of Corvino’s other videos, and his recent book, What’s Wrong with Homosexuality? (Philosophy in Action). Corvino is a philosophy professor at Wayne State University.

  • jwalker_cht

    I really, really like Corvino’s videos. they’re cute, they’re short and they get the point across very well.

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  • HeathMike

    Corvino is quite well-spoken with his video clips, and he is to some fundamentalists, I’m sure, basically a heretic. This is because he pointedly highlights some problems with the Bible. One cannot realistically claim that the Bible is infallible in any practical sense if different understandings of the unwritten cultural context lead to quite different interpretations of the actual written words. Even if it IS the Word of God, attempts to read it and apply it literally force one to read the scriptures selectively just to avoid contradicting oneself. The Bible, at least in its modern forms, does appear to me to condemn in some ways homosexual behavior. But that’s not the end. It also appears to tacitly condone it in the accounts of the relationships between King David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi, and possibly in the relationship between the prophet Daniel and Ashpenaz. Literalism with the Bible is an unattainable ideal. We MUST interpret the scriptures. Even the act of translating original writings into English is itself an act of interpreting. History, as well as tremendous advances in psychology, social sciences, neuroscience, have vastly increased our understanding of sexual attraction and same-sex variants. Why stubbornly cling to the Bible’s few spotty references to it to argue how we must treat people with those feelings. It makes no sense outside of simple hateful prejudice.


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