Homosexuality and Social Ethics

Randolph A. Nelson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/1/1985

Issue: Gender across Generations (Vol. 5, No 4, Fall, 1985)

In recent years there has been substantial debate about the nature and meaning of homosexuality. Such discussion has occurred around questions of civil and human rights within the political community and questions of morality and ethics within the religious community. It is important for the Christian community to study such issues and to bring the resources of the Christian faith to bear on them. A model using three sources of information and a method utilizing that information in a three step process provide the most appropriate way for the Christian community to accomplish that task. The sources of information are culture, especially the human and social sciences; the biblical and theological tradition(s); and the personal and corporate experience of members of the Christian community.

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