Recently my friend Bart gave me a copy of a paper/talk by Tim Otto, given at a meeting of the Socratic Club at the Duke School of Divinity. The paper offers a third perspective (the first two being traditionalist church and the affirming church). Tim bases his argument on the theological work of John Howard Yoder.
The paper is well written, deeply personal, articulate, intellectually challenging and a great example of the kind of discussion (both in content and tone) that needs to take place in churches today. If you have any interest in these issues, please take the time to read Tim’s paper and then post your comments here.
I think people on both sides of the issue will find Tim’s paper helpful. I also think that any gay person trying to figure out the integration of their sexuality and faith, needs to read this paper. And I think any straight people who know and care about gay people who are trying to achieve integration need to read the paper too.
So here you go… and thanks Tim for permission to post it.