Passages vs. Principles

Passages vs. Principles December 12, 2008

I’ve had an article published in Religion Dispatches. The title is “Passages vs. Principles“, and it compares the use of the Bible in current debates about homosexuality to its use in the controversy over slavery. Do take a look, and leave a comment there, here, or both!

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  • Gail Dawson

    I found your piece to be thoughtful, irenic, and historically accurate. Another example of how biblical interpretation has changed over time is in regard to Christian portrayal of Jews; still another is in regard to the role of women in Christian ministry. Your perspective is similar to some ideas that Stephen Fowl (drawing in part on some of the work of Luke Timothy Johnson) has put forth in his book, Engaging Scripture (Blackwell, 1998). I hope that what you have written in “Passages vs. Principles” will provoke some much-needed discussion on this topic in the biblioblogosphere.

  • James,I loved your article: as usual, you do a wonderful job of engaging the fundamentalists on their own terms. What continues to mystify me is why so many people remain slavishly devoted to a few scattered verses of the Bible when their consciences–if they have not been seared by homophobia–and simple, common human decency should clearly be telling them that homosexuals themselves and the legalization of gay marriage pose no threat to heterosexuals or to “traditional marriage,” and that to treat homosexuals in a discriminatory fashion is unfair, bigoted, and, quite simply, wrong.Peace.

  • Good analysis! I’ve linked the article to my blog!!!