Denominational Teachings about Homosexuality

Patricia Beattie Jung

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/1/1994

Issue: Sexual Orientation (Vol. 14, No 3, Summer, 1994)

The task of this essay is to profile the current teachings of several denominations regarding homosexuality, highlighting as well their way of coping with the conflict this issue evokes. Some denominations have declared debates about homosexuality “out of bounds” and thereby blocked further intradenominational deliberation. Some have restricted these to discussions “within certain bounds” and thereby limited the scope of the moral argument possible. Others have pressed prematurely for a resolution of the question. Most wrestle with unstable resolutions. Especially to be applauded are those denominations which courageously invite comprehensive and faithful moral deliberation about homosexuality and heterosexism.

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