Homosexuality and Christian Tradition

Donald H. Juel

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1990

Issue: Sex, Intimacy, and Limits (Vol. 10, No 2, Spring, 1990)

In the realm of the law, reason and not revelation is primary. God has not revealed any specific code for life. Yet God wills order for our well-being, and we are given the gift of reason and common sense to derive laws to that end. The question to ask is if there are good reasons to make rules limiting the right to sexual expression. If so, given the public character of pastoral ministry and the exemplary nature of that office, we would be obliged to insist that pastors abide by such rules and that the church do nothing to undermine them for the rest of society. Our specific question has to do with homosexual practice.

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