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Christian Witness to Contemporary
Culture Regarding Sex

Ellen T. Charry

Questions surrounding the normalization of homosexuality have generally turned on biblical testimony, on rights issues, on debates about biology versus experience, or on pastoral concern. None of these, however, takes account of what homosexual normalization implies for the common good. Suggestions in favor of ordaining unmarried, sexually active persons and in favor of adopting rites of blessing effectively privelege homosexual unions over heterosexual ones. The article examines this normalization from the perspective of ordained leadership that is called to provide a wholesome example to the flock of Christ and, beyond that, to the society as a whole.

 
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