I'm a newbie here but saw the link on a friend's page. While I agree with the article--that we need to continue having theological conversations about this--I must say it feels like using Bruggeman's quote as the starting point for the argument kind of misses what he is getting at.
I think his point is that we have to continue having conversations, but that we need to also understand what is behind the arguments people are making against homosexuality. Yes it is about people's feelings on gay and lesbian relationships...but perhaps it is also about a fear in general about a world that is slipping out of people's control--and not only privileged people at that. When you have a sizable protest in NYC that brings together representatives from two historical and presently marginalized groups--Jewish and Black folks--all in an effort to put down marriage for another marginalized group, then clearly something is driving that beside a callousness toward marginalized people. I think what Bruggeman is encouraging is not closing off the conversation...but rather trying to seek other starting points that get us to homosexuality but that address the fear and loss of control that seems to be driving so much of the vitriol behind this. From my experience, debating about homosexuality without getting at the reality that people are panicked because "the world is not the way we thought it was going to be" hasn't really been taking us beyond church splits, greater division and increasingly irrational behavior.
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