Christianity and Homosexuality
[Photo] (Continuum Books, 2003)
(Scripture, Theology, Sexuality)
Fr Gareth Moore was a Dominican priest, and lecturer in theology and philosophy at Oxford University. The title of this volume draws on the motto of his Dominican order, “Veritas”(“Truth”) and is also a reference to the Vatican’s chief document in condemnation of homosexuality, “Homosexualitatis Problema”, which concludes with an approving quotation of the verse from Scripture, “Speak the Truth in Love”. This document argues that this opposition is grounded in the clear lessons of scripture and natural law. Moore carefully and convincingly shows that these claims are deeply flawed – that in fact no scriptural texts condemn all such acts, and the argument from natural law is deeply flawed.
The strength of this treatment is that approaches the Vatican argument on its own terms – as theology. Fr Moore’s impeccable academic credentials as philosopher and theologian are used to develop a comprehensive, relentless refutation of the traditional arguments – and along the way provides a great deal of useful additional information from history and anthropology. He warns early on against responding to the Vatican arguments with criticism or suspicion of the persons making them. Instead, he urges, we need to replace a “hermeneutic of suspicion” with a “hermeneutic of charity”. In doing so, he does exactly what “Homosexualitatis Problema” claims to do, but singularly does not: “Speak the truth in Love”.
From the back cover:” A near incontrovertible demonstration that the antipathy of the Roman Catholic Church to homosexuality has no basis in scripture or the natural law. Cogently argued, elegantly written and brilliantly researched.” (Ben Summerskill, CE, Stonewall)
“In “A Question of Truth”, Gareth Moore, a Dominican priest, challenges the teaching of the Catholic Church on its own grounds. He scrutinizes the Church’s arguments, which are based on both the Bible and natural law, and finds them wanting. He subjects the Church’s beliefs to a meticulous and scholarly examination and concludes that there are no good arguments…against what have come to be known as homosexual relationships”.
Closeted Queers in the Vatican
Materialism of pro-gays
- A Question of Truth
The fortune and misfortune of gay Christians
Truth and Tradition
Truth and Authority
- “Homosexuality” “Homosexuality”, physical and psychological
The inadequacy of the CDF’s definition of homosexuality
Homosexual desire and intentionality
The intentionality of desire
The intentionality of condemnation
- The Bible Against Homosexuality?
I: Introduction and Old Testament Texts
Use of the Bible in discussing homosexuality
The logic of condemnation
The concept of homosexuality in the Bible?
Genesis 19: 1-11
Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13
Back to Genesis 19
Cortese and the men of Sodom
What about the women?
- The Bible Against Homosexuality?
II: New Testament Texts and Summary
I Corinthians 6: 9-10
I Timothy 1: 10
- The Bible for Heterosexuality
Lawler, Boyle and May
The Image of God
Difficulties in the Standard view
An alternative view
- The Bible, Love and Experience
Can gays love?
Can gays love without struggling against being gay?
Is homosexuality a tendency ordered towards an intrinsic moral evil?
- Aquinas, Natural Law and Sexual Natures
Sex, Nature and Nurture
Natural sex, natural language
The Bible again
- Homosexuality, Purpose and Happiness
The emblematic importance of penile-vaginal intercourse
The purpose of human sex
Homosexual acts and homosexual happiness
- Some Modern Arguments