Apex Omnium: Religion in the Res Gestae of Ammianus by R. L. Rike

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Anglican bishops are pretending, for the sake of appeasing strident, reactionary Christian voices, that their bishops and clergy can “minister pastorally and sensitively” to lesbian and gay couples, while telling them that they can’t be intimate with each other, because Scripture says so. And they are pretending that they are not responsible for the obvious link between their negative teaching about homosexuality and the “irrational fear of homosexuals” which continues to blight the lives of so many lesbian and gay people.

These books are full of sexual irregularities and deviations (and one of them revels in the uninhibited love-making of an unmarried couple). The easiest way of refuting the claim that the Bible can be our guide to our sexual conduct is a careful reading of it. 46 Imagine a male candidate for ordination today confiding to his bishop that his love for another man was “wonderful, passing the love of women” (2 Samuel 1:26). ”47 Another detailed study concludes that the Ruth and Naomi stories (Ruth 1–4), together with the David and Jonathan stories, “both deal with persons of the same gender loving one another.

Moralists who think the Bible is unambiguous in its condemnation of homosexuality may not be taking the whole Bible seriously enough. And that is true for the Old Testament too. These books are full of sexual irregularities and deviations (and one of them revels in the uninhibited love-making of an unmarried couple). The easiest way of refuting the claim that the Bible can be our guide to our sexual conduct is a careful reading of it. 46 Imagine a male candidate for ordination today confiding to his bishop that his love for another man was “wonderful, passing the love of women” (2 Samuel 1:26).

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