Is Brueggemann's point that theological arguments about gays and lesbians are not actually about theology? They sound like that is what it is about, but it is not. In reality, the theological discussion is a way to rationalize a prejudice that is not merely about gays and lesbians but about a world that is disappearing. Depending on how your personality is organized, this can mean that your entire sense of self and community is threatened. One can feel like they are at the top of a large structure that is crumbling and will soon collapse leaving them tumbling into an emotional abyss. Everything they need to feel that their sense of self is intact appears to be disintegrating. The result is unbearable turmoil that must be stopped. I think that Brueggemann saying that the point to consider is this: what is there within the structure of the self and the community that they need to feel whole that makes it necessary for certain people to stridently insist that they know that God condemns people who are "Other" to them. Why are they so fragile that the Other provokes such a threat? We all need to feel that our sense of self is intact. That also requires a sense of support from the culture and those close at hand (their community). If Otherness threatens this, Otherness must be condemned and stopped. One must marshall whatever is necessary to achieve this. Theology, or at least flawed theology, fits the bill very nicely--but it isn't about theology. It is about a self that is threatened, disintegrating and suffering, one that is dysfunctional and trying hold together. Theological arguments are irrelevant, so they are futile.
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