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REVIEW. Winter 1980 Vol. 5 No. 1.

“Biblical Perspectives on Homosexuality” by Walter Wink, The Christian Century, November 7, 1979.

“The Christian Suspicion of Homosexuality” by Hugh A. Koops, New Brunswick Theological Seminary Newsletter, March 1979.

by Dr. Ralph Blair

Wink teaches biblical interpretation at Auburn Seminary; Koops is dean of New Brunswick Seminary. Both discard references to Sodom since, as Wink says, “brutal gang rape has nothing to do with the problem of whether genuine love expressed between consenting persons of the same sex is legitimate or not”. They pass over Deuteronomy 23 as having to do with Canaanite fertility rites. Concerning eight other Old Testament passages, Koops writes: Homosexuality, if condemned, is condemned by the company it keeps”. Wink says that it is unclear just what is in mind in I Corinthians 6:9 and I Timothy 1:10. (A dozen New Testament translations share the confusion since, with one or two paraphrase exceptions and one translation, they consistently render the same Greek word differently from one passage to the other.) Wink says that three passages “unequivocally condemn homosexuality” (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13 and Romans 1:26f). He defuses the Levitical texts because they prescribe a mandatory death penalty and he recognizes that even Anita Bryant is not that “biblical”. As Koops puts it, these texts “are enveloped within moral codes of the day that do not allow universal application”. According to Wink, the Romans text shows that Paul “assumes that those whom he condemns are heterosexual … ‘exchanging’ their regular sexual orientation for that which is foreign to them” and that, therefore, together with Leviticus, the romans passage cannot really be helpful in solving “the hermeneutical problem of our attitude toward homosexuality today”. Read more →

REVIEW. Fall 1979 Vol. 4 No. 4.

Such Were Some of You by Kevin Linehan (Herald Press, 1979, 231 pp.)

Homosexuality: A Biblical View by Greg Bahnsen (Baker Book House, 1978, 152 pp.) Read more →

REVIEW. Summer 1979 Vol. 4 No. 3.

“A Case Against Homosexuality” by Paul Cameron, The Human Life Review, Summer 1978. Read more →

REVIEW. Spring 1979 Vol. 4 No. 2.

The Gospel and the Gay by Kenneth Gangel (Thomas Nelson, 1978, 202 pp.)

The Right, the Good and the Happy by Bernard L. Ramm (Word, 1971, 188 pp.) Read more →

REVIEW. Winter 1979 Vol. 4 No. 1.

Homosexuality and the Church by Richard Lovelace (Fleming H. Revell, 1978, 158 pp.)

by Dr. Ralph Blair

Church historian Richard Lovelace fails to comprehend and resolve his basic error: interpreting a natural and morally neutral phenomenon, homosexuality, to be, in all cases, unnatural and, if expressed, sinful. Rather woodenly citing pittances from Barth, Brunner and even Albert Ellis, Lovelace loses sight, in effect, of the biblical bases of justification and sanctification. He betrays a lack of knowledge of scientific literature (e.g., misusing terms such as “acting out” and confusing a science-based decision of the American Psychiatric Association with a commercial magazine’s non-scientific poll of its readers). Read more →

REVIEW. Fall 1978 Vol. 3 No. 4.

The Unhappy Gays by Tim LaHaye (Tyndale House, 1978, 206 pp.).

Jonathan Loved David by Tom Horner (Westminster Press, 1978, 161 pp.).

“Homosexuality” by Harold I. Haas, Currents in Theology and Mission, April 1978. Read more →

REVIEW. Summer 1978 Vol. 3 No. 3.

The Bond that Breaks: Will Homosexuality Split the Church? By Don Williams (BIM, 1978, 170 pp.) The Homosexual Crisis in the Mainline Church by Jerry Kirk (Thomas Nelson, 1978, 192 pp.) Read more →

REVIEW. Spring 1978 Vol. 3 No. 2.

Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? by Letha Scanzoni and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott (Harper & Row, 1978, 176 pp.)

Healing for the Homosexual by Betty Schonauer, et. al. (Presbyterian Charismatic Communion, 1978, 64 pp.)

“Sex and Homosexuality: A Pastoral Statement” by Bennett J. Sims, Christianity Today, February 24, 1978. Read more →

REVIEW. Winter 1977 Vol. 2 No. 1.

The Third Sex? by Kent Philpott (Logos International, 1975, 208 pp.)

The Sexual Revolution by J. Rinzema (Eerdmans, 1974, 107 pp.) Read more →

REVIEW. Fall 1977 Vol. 2 No. 4.

The Secrets of Our Sexuality by Gary R. Collins, Ed. (Word Books, 1976, 185 pp.) Read more →

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