Thursday, 23 July 2009

VASEY, Michael: Strangers & Friends

A new exploration of homosexuality and the Bible

Hodder & Stoughton, 1995

276 pages

Queer Scripture, History of the Family

Vasey argues from an historical presentation of the sexuality and the family. He points out that far from being the ‘tradtional’ model, the family as idealised by modern Christians, especially the evangelicals, is a relatively modern invention. The gradual development of this model as normative, has largely been responsible for the parallel development of a distinct gay identity, largely in reaction. (The campaign against the ‘homosexual’ is attacking what it has itself created.) Conversely, the early church idealised male friendship and community life, rather than the family as now understood.

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