Episode 51: Give Me Some of that Scriptural Lovin’

Episode 51: Give Me Some of that Scriptural Lovin’

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This week we start off by defending ourselves (read: atheists) from criticism by Tom Gilson (director of strategic processes for Campus Crusade for Christ) and Dow Marmur (rabbi emeritus at Holy Blossom Temple) who claim that atheists, in particular the “New Atheists” engage in fanaticism and lack of rationality.

However, most of our time was spent discussing the new North Carolina position of same-sex marriage. While the proponents of the new legislation claim a biblical basis we discuss what the biblical basis for human sexuality is and what it means for public policy. We mention Origen castrating himself because of his literal understanding of Matthew 19:12, Paul’s complete non-sexuality as demonstrated in the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla, and Christians’ adherence to Leviticus 18:22 while ignoring other Old Testament laws.

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  • Matt1

    May 17, 2012

    While aprocryphal Pauline literature may be more anti-sexuality, the so-called “undisputed” epistles seem to have a more moderate view of sexuality. Paul’s desire for Christians to live single seems to be more utilitarian with the goal of making sure people have all the free time they can to “spread the gospel” as opposed to having a disdain for (at least) marital sex.

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