Over the Christmas holiday last year, my sister and I were driving to an antique shop with teenage nieces in the back seat when she turned to me and asked, “Did you know Jen Hatmaker decided to accept gay marriage? I don’t understand her theology. Can you explain it?” As a biblical scholar, who also researches sexuality, I am frequently asked what Scripture says about same-sex relationships. So, I decided to write this series for evangelical Christians like my sister. But I also hope it will be helpful to people regardless of theological position.
You might wonder whether there is anything more to say. This topic has been turned over and dissected ad nauseam. But the recent internet explosion over influential pastor Eugene Peterson’s support then retraction of gay marriage (as I was working on this series) demonstrates unresolved tension within the Body of Christ. We are still seriously wrestling with this issue. Yet, too often parties in the debate lack an understanding of why the other side believes as it does. We also tend to rehash the same outdated arguments even though scholarly conversation has more to offer. So, if we are going to engage in a meaningful discussion, we should have one that centers on the crux of the matter and incorporates up to date research. I hope this series will contribute to that endeavor and help move the conversation forward.
The following five post series is intended to be read in order. Each essay is essential for understanding the full picture. My hope is to publish this in book form soon.
Blue Babies Pink: A Southern Coming Out Story by Brett Trapp. I have read many, many books and articles on faith and sexuality, but this is the best one I have come across so far. I binge-read it. I couldn’t put it down. His memoir is the heart and soul to my cerebral scholarship. He tells my own story better than I could tell it myself.