Bible talks about sex, a lot

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Jennifer Wright Knust is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Boston University and an ordained American Baptist pastor. Her new book, Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire, has received play this week in the Washington Post, Newsweek, and CNN.

The links:


My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality – CNN Belief Blog

New scholarship on the Good Book’s naughty bits and how it deals with adultery, divorce, and same-sex love – Newsweek

Debunking ‘Biblical marriage’: Why the Bible can’t dictate today’s sexual morals – WaPo On Faith

In the Bible, sexuality is a matter of roles, property rights, and male dominance, not fixed biological predispositions – WaPo On Faith

What does the Bible say about sexual desire? – WaPo On Faith

What does the Bible say about sex? – depends on the chapter & verse – Southern California Public Radio

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Bill Moorhead
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Clint, your point is very well taken, and I apologize to all non-Southern Baptists, and for that matter to all Southern Baptists who aren't President Mohler. Thank you for calling me on this.

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Clint Davis
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Clint Davis

Bill, it is obvious that the Southern Baptist Convention is barely a Baptist organization anymore, especially since functionally abandoning two core Baptist principles, 1) the absolute separation of church and state, and 2) the "soul competency of the believer", a comprehensive theological stance that, among other things, stands up for the right and "competency" of the individual Christian believer to read and interpret "the Bible" as s/he can, in accordance with conscience and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The SBC holds a low opinion of these two fundamentals (pun intended), and I can't see where other Baptists would accept the SBC as a real Baptist organization. I guess this post isn't about Baptists, per se, but since we're talking about them, there you are.

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Bill Moorhead
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I don't agree with a number of things that Dr. Knust says -- well, it's not that I am certain that she is mistaken, but that I think some of the Scriptural passages she cites are open to different interpretations. On the whole her WaPo piece (and I assume her book, which I haven't read, yet) is thoughtful and reasonable.

Dr. Knust's mother is right: "As my mother would say: stop it. Anyone who uses either God or the Bible to preach hate or to deny love and affection to others has failed as both a lover of the Bible and a person of faith."

I am struck by how many boxes of rocks, of various persuasions, read WaPo On Faith and send in comments. Almost as bad as the Guardian.

I am intrigued by this quote from the Newsweek piece: "That’s why Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary...concludes that one’s Bible reading must be overseen by the proper authorities. Just because everyone should read the Bible 'doesn’t mean that everyone’s equally qualified to read it, and it doesn’t mean that the text is just to be used as a mirror for ourselves,' he says. 'All kinds of heresies come from people who read the Bible and recklessly believe that they’ve understood it correctly.'" My goodness! I know that Baptists don't believe in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th centuries, but I hadn't realized they also don't believe in the 16th. Ah, where's the Inquisition when we need it?

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