A More Honest Look at Homosexuality in the Bible

John Corvino, a professor at Wayne State University, recently wrote a book called What’s Wrong with Homosexuality? and he has put out a couple of videos specifically talking about the intersection of homosexuality and the Bible. (Spoiler: If you accept the typical “Biblical” view on homosexuality, then, to be consistent, you have to accept a lot of awful things along with it.)

There’s also a great video explaining the real lessons we learn from the Sodom and Gomorrah story:

(via The Daily Dish)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://www.redheadedfemme.com BB-Mystic

    I just finished this book. It’s short, but it packs quite a punch.

  • harryunderwood

    I saw him speak at Georgia Southern University’s LGBTQ and Allies Conference in November, and got to talk to him a bit afterward. He’s a good speaker, and I found his arguments concerning “both sides of the debate” on homosexuality interesting. Good to know he’s still doing his videos!

  • Georginafs

    While watching an old Krimi the other day, a wmen explained that she left her husband because she was fed up with his “playing Jonathan to his David”, so I looked it up.
    Well, guess what, David – King of the Jews, direct ancester of Jesus, was bi-sexual.

  • PietPuk

    If you accept the typical “Biblical” view on homosexuality, then, to be
    consistent, you have to accept a lot of awful things along with it.

    There is no way to be a modern christian without picking a lot of cherries, so consistentcy is expecting way to much.

    • Rain

      Yep that’s right. People are still making stuff up as they go along. Otherwise they would be total barbarians, as well as selling their belongings and “taking no thought” for the morrow.

      you have to accept a lot of awful things along with it.

      Nobody has to do anything except eat, poop, and pay taxes, or however that saying goes.

      • Pseudonym

        People are still making stuff up as they go along.

        Recognising that the biblical authors did too hardly counts as “picking [...] cherries”.

  • PegK

    I have really enjoyed John Corvino’s talks. He is obviously trying to communicate with a religious audience here by not letting on that he is an atheist. In one of his talks his gives great reasons behind the idea that it isn’t important at all if being gay is “a choice” or not. People choose so many things so why would this one thing be grounds for unequal treatment. His arguments are excellent.

    • baal

      He’s also not letting on that he’s gay nor that he signed a pact with satan on July 5th, 1977 at 4pm (how else could he speak so clearly and compellingly?)*.

      I think the evidence for him doing outreach to a religious audience is that he’s taking their objections seriously and using argument and the bible to refute them (the seriously taken arguments).

      *there was also a house within 200 yards that had a pet gold fish at the time. I’ve added these specific details to add truthiness and levity** to my assertion of the pact.
      **levity is made from Levites and not legumes.

  • Marie

    Loved the videos! Excited to read the book. My Catholic husband would pitch a fit if I actually bought the book, so for now it’s off to the library to borrow it. Corvino teaches at my alma mater and I couldn’t be prouder!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.iozzio Sarah J Iozzio

      You allow your husband to decide what books you can buy?

  • Jhudstone

    I am not sure why accepting Jesus teaching that, “He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” would require me to “accept a lot of awful things along with it” unless somehow the teachings of Jesus are awful.

    • Beutelratti

      Because what you mentioned doesn’t include same-sex relationships. It is illogical to conclude from these passages that this is the ONLY way to go. So whether you want to or not, you’re going to have to rely on some other passages as well to prove your point of homosexuality being wrong. And so you’re automatically going to come back to the passages that Corvine quotes and therefore you cannot argue around those awful things that go along with them. It is that easy.

      • Jhudstone

        Why is that ‘illogical’? Jesus teaches His followers, “God designed you men and women so you can be in a uniquely cojoined intimate relationship” and it’s illogical to assume he didn’t also mean “Oh, and that also might include two people of the same sex”? It’s like saying because my car user manual only says, “Use unleaded gasoline” that I can put water in my tank as well. That is what is not logical. One doesn’t need any ‘other’ passages.

        • Justin

          You can put water in the tank. It’s your car.

          • Jhudstone

            Absolutely. You can drive your car off the cliff if you want – but it doesn’t follow because the user manual doesn’t specifically prohibit such things that is what your car was designed to do.

            • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

              Because driving your car off a cliff is exactly like gay sex…

  • Katwise

    Clever use of the room’s decor.

  • Rwlawoffice

    An example of agenda driven interpretation of the Bible. The same thing he is blaming others doing.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      An example of agenda driven analysis of interpretation of the Bible.