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Raster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-13-08 03:40 PM
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80. Homosexuality and Christianity
There is no single position that could be called the Christian view of homosexuality. Virtually all Christians confirm the importance of accepting and welcoming homosexuals into their communities and protecting their civil rights. But with regard to homosexual orientation and behavior from a religious point of view, some Christians condemn homosexual acts as sinful while others regard it as a natural, acceptable alternative.

Views sometimes differ between Christian denominations but they are more commonly seen between liberal and conservative branches of each denomination. Recently, Christian disagreements about homosexuality have been at the forefront with regard to the controversial ordination of Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, as an Anglican bishop (left). This issue is threatening to cause a schism within the third largest Christian denomination.

As with most Christian debates on ethical issues, the problem centers on how the Bible ought to be interpreted in light of textual criticism (i.e., historical context, meaning of words, etc.), modern sensibilities and modern science.

The following article provides information on what the Bible says about homosexuality (which is usually central in debates over the issue), historical Christian views of homosexuality, and a list of modern Christian views on homosexuality.


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