Homosexuality is a conflict-ridden issue in religion. One factor leading to negative attitudes is interpretation regarding the Bible's stance on the subject.
Alice Ogden Bellis and Terry L. Hufford provide a new approach to the subject by focusing on the way biblical interpreters have responded to other historical, scientific advances that conflicted with a literal reading of the Bible. They contend that Christians became convinced the Bible is authoritative in matters of religion, but not of science.
Written in a highly accessible way, the book explains the basics of genetics and the growing evidence suggesting an organic basis for homosexual orientation.
Bellis interprets problematic biblical passages about homosexuality and deftly illustrates:
-- They are based on ancient perspectives on human sexuality and natural law that modern science is rapidly making obsolete
-- Some are oriented toward ancient practices of homosexuality, which were radically different from the current situation
-- The Bible may be read as supporting either heterosexual or homosexual relationships in which the couple is developing a profound intimacy over a long period of time.