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60Porn for the Privilegedhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/10/porn-for-the-privileged
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0400 Years ago, when I was a young radical feminist, I recall marching in the annual Take Back the Night Rally in my hometown. We marched through the streets, occasionally stopping to shout slogans in front of various institutions which were considered bastions of male privilege. One of the stops on the route was always a local porn shop where we would chant, “Porn is the theory, rape is the practice.”
James Joyce: Right About the Church?https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/06/james-joyce-right-about-the-church
Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 -0400
]]>What I Mean By Acceptancehttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/04/what-i-mean-by-acceptance
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:51:52 -0400
]]>How to Speak About Homosexualityhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2013/04/how-to-speak-about-homosexuality
Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0400 Michael Voris
FBI (Faith Based Investigation) into Homosexuality
, a 94-minute video he recently released on his website
, was not easy for me to watch. It is harder for me to review. Im tempted to rip into its bloody meat and leave behind a mangled carcass as a warning to others who might desire to make something similar. To do so, however, would be to misunderstand what Voris presentation is, what it is for, and how it needs to be addressed for the Church to speak to the LGBTQ community.
]]>The Pastoral Response to Homosexualityhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2011/09/the-pastoral-response-to-homosexuality
Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:01:00 -0400 In his September 1, 2011 column Gay and Christian, Russell Saltzman addressed my article in the
New Oxford Review
, in which I sketched a brief history of homosexual politics over the past two and a half millennia as a background for understanding the present controversy. I wrote that: It is an uncomfortable fact that for a long time a campaign of hatred and persecution has been waged against those who experience same-sex attractions. Saltzman takes issue with what he imagines to be an argument against the authority of St. Pauls theological views on the morality of homosexuality. He interprets my argument as proposing that: The contemporary gay experience [is] non-exploitative, mutually enriching, and increasingly monogamous [and] ought to be accepted as a normal alternative.
That is not my argument at all. There are two basic elements to the Christian response to homosexuality: the theological, and the pastoral. I have absolutely no disagreement with the theological argument that was put forward by St. Paul. What I was trying to explain is the harsh pastoral tone so often taken in early and medieval writings on the subject of homosexuality.
While it seems obvious to me that we cant simply throw out the moral teaching on homosexuality without completely unraveling the fabric of Christian sexual teaching, it seems equally obvious that we can no longer justify the persecution and castration homosexuals have experienced for much of history. In other words, it is necessary to distinguish between the visceral, emotional reactions which ancient writers”including St. Paul”had towards homosexuality, and the theological doctrine which developed out of a holistic Scriptural vision of sex.
This distinction must be made by orthodox Christians,
not in order to weaken St. Pauls teaching on homosexuality, but rather to strengthen it. Lets look at Romans 1, the most often quoted and detailed examination of homosexuality in the Pauline corpus: