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Biblical Sexuality Resources

Additional Study

We offer this resource humbly and with some hesitation, since it represents a great deal of detailed
study and evaluation, and may lead to long and confusing process for staff. However, we
recognize two realities that convince us to put forward these suggestions. First, some staff and
students are already studying viewpoints different from what is represented by our Theological
Summary of Human Sexuality. If that is you, we want to resource your further study and help
guide it. Second, some teams have already planned to engage alternative perspectives in their
process. We want to resource that study as well as possible. After exploring many resources and
approaches, we offer a focused option for study and discussion below.

A brief note about studying alternative perspectives: In many different areas, we have the option
of studying alternative perspectives to our own. For example, we can study world religions and in
the process, gain valuable insight about our own faith. When doing so, it is crucial to remember
our own view of God’s revelation and the original questions we are seeking to resolve (and not get
bogged down in endless analysis). In this process of engaging perspectives about theology of
human sexuality, let’s ask Jesus to give us discernment about how to interpret Scripture and come
to convictions in areas such as these.

Focused Process:
• Process the first discussion module for our “Theological Summary of Human Sexuality”
• Read God and the Gay Christian, Mathew Vines, Convergent Books. NY, 2014. (179
pages) (note: Vines is perhaps the most popular current spokesperson claiming a high view
of Scripture and a posture affirming same-sex marriage. Others include Justin Lee, David
and Ken Wilson)
• Read Tim Keller’s response to Vines and Wilson:
• Note tone and approach of each. What persuasive strategy is Vines employing? Keller?
How does each affect you?
• Note major observations and questions

• Read Bruce Hansen’s article on the CM Theology blog:
• With flipchart, note the top few differences between Vines’ position and that of our
Thelogical Summary of Human Sexuality
• Note the tone and persuasive strategies of Vines, Keller, Hansen, and our statement.
• Review our three distinctives of hermeneutics, (text-centered, context-sensitive, and
canonical) evaluate Vines’ approach and Keller’s response.
• Gather the questions that team members have in their own process given these studies.

Two key possible follow-up readings for discussion:

Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis, William J.
Webb, IVP, 2001. Webb provides an accessible description of hermeneutical analysis toward
biblical conviction.
The Moral Vision of the New Testament, Richard Hays, Harper Collins, SF, 1996.
Particularly Hays’ section on homosexuality (pages 379-407). Hays provides a thorough biblical
position in a reasonably sized chapter. The book as a whole provides a more thorough
hermeneutical foundation.

Note: These are just a few trees in the forest of current thinking and resources available. For
more suggestions about study and process, contact Carolyn Carney.