“Sex Without Bodies” by Andy Crouch, Christianity Today, July/August 2013
“Christianity and Homosexuality” by Tim Keller, Redeemer Report, October 2013
By Dr. Ralph Blair
(PDF version available here)
The executive editor at CT thinks: “There is really only one conviction that can hold [the LGBT] coalition of disparate human experiences together [and it’s] the irrelevance of bodies – specifically, the irrelevance of biological sexual differentiation in how we use our bodies.” To the contrary: It’s the relevance of “biological sexual differentiation” that accounts for the LGBT coalition. It’s the anti-LGBT coalition that peddles “irrelevance of bodies” – pushing mixed-orientation marriages or lifelong celibacy, thus refusing to recognize that “matter matters”, to use Crouch’s play on words.
Fixated on genitalia, he ignores the major sex organ, the brain – poetically, the heart. So, he misses the complexity of interpersonal neurobiology intrinsic to sexual attraction. He dismisses what partners perceive in one another: a fascinating otherness from one’s sense of self. For rape, any body will do. In a loving marriage, it’s this embodied person who’s cherished – what William Penn felt when an ocean separated him from his wife and he longed for his “beloved, [for] more thy inward than thy outward excellencies which yet were many.” Body parts change over time. Yet embodied love can grow ever deeper. But on same-sex love, antigay scolds get hung up with Tinker Toys. Read more →