Lisa Miller, a senior editor at Newsweek who oversees all the mag’s religion reporting (and does a great job at it) has a cover story, posted online today, on what the Bible says (and may intend) and doesn’t say, about same-sex marriages and homosexuality in general. The most surprising quote comes from Walter Brueggemann, who can fairly be described as the dean of Old Testament studies in this country. When asked about same-sex marriage, he says, well, let me give you the lead up:
--The great Bible scholar Walter Brueggemann, emeritus professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, quotes the apostle Paul when he looks for biblical support of gay marriage: "There is neither Greek nor Jew, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Jesus Christ." The religious argument for gay marriage, he adds, "is not generally made with reference to particular texts, but with the general conviction that the Bible is bent toward inclusiveness."--Newsweek.
Read the rest of the article, entitled "Our Mutual Joy" here. And once again, when commenting, remember the dictates of charity. (Photo courtesy of Catholic News Service.)
James Martin, SJ