David Gushee

David Gushee

David P. Gushee is senior columnist for faith, politics and culture for ABPnews/Herald. He is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 08:00

Two odd little words: The LGBT issue, part 11

Two obscure Greek words whose uncertain translation renders use of them for "the LGBT issue" deeply problematic.

Two texts in Leviticus, and complexities related to what Christians are to make of them today.

An interpretation of the Sodom (and Gibeah) stories, so fatefully destructive in forming historic Christian attitudes on the LGBT issue. 

How traditionalists on the LGBT issue connect the biblical dots, and how not to argue against them.

Taking biblical inspiration and authority seriously also requires humbly acknowledging a long history of Christian fights over “what the Bible says.”

If this is where you get off the bus on this journey through the LGBT issue, here are seven things you and all of us can do. 

Six options for how a church responds to the arrival of gay couples in its midst. 

How even ardent traditionalists now (sometimes) acknowledge the existence of gay Christians.

Much has changed for LGBT people in America since Anita Bryant and Jerry Falwell days — change we all can support, I hope.

Historic Christian understandings of sexuality are being reevaluated due to evidence offered in the lives of those who do not fit the norm, together with associated research and mental health efforts. 

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