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Contra Vines, et al, the ancients also knew about mutual, non-exploitative same sex relationships.In Romans 1, Paul describes homosexuality as men burning with passion “for one another” (verse 27). Such a term could not represent rape, nor prostitution, nor pederasty (man/boy relationships).And we’ll conclude with an exhortation for Christians who engage in this discussion.
They must have been grounded instead on a stereotype of gay people as worse sinners than others (which is itself a shallow theology of sin.) So I say good riddance to bigotry.These arguments were first asserted in the 1980s by John Boswell and Robin Scroggs.Vines, Wilson and others are essentially repopularizing them.However, the reality of bigotry cannot itself prove that the Bible never forbids homosexuality. Vines and Wilson claim that scholarly research into the historical background show that biblical authors were not forbidding all same sex relationships, but only exploitative ones — pederasty, prostitution, and rape.Their argument is that Paul and other biblical writers had no concept of an innate homosexual orientation, that they only knew of exploitative homosexual practices, and therefore they had no concept of mutual, loving, same-sex relationships.
However, they do not seem to be aware that the great preponderance of the best historical scholarship since the 1980s — by the full spectrum of secular, liberal and conservative researchers — has rejected that assertion. Bernadette Brooten and William Loader have presented strong evidence that homosexual orientation was known in antiquity.