Progressives Speak Jefferson Davis Analysis

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HJared Gordon P.O. Box #179 Essay #1 11:00 a.m. session - 9/29/11 Evangelical Ethics & Progressive Christians Speak Homosexuality has been and still is a big issue in human society. In Progressive Christians Speak, John B. Cobb Jr. states, “The issue of homosexuality is probably the most divisive issue in the American church since slavery” (Cobb 77). Whether dealt with in the legal system or in the Christian world, there always seems to be tremendous amounts of tension built-up between the two sides, people for and against homosexuality. Sometimes the tension can even lead to riots and other violent activities. John Jefferson Davis, author of Evangelical Ethics, and Cobb both make striking points pertaining to homosexuality and how…show more content…
Davis is straight to the point; if you are a homosexual, you are going to Hell. Make no mistake, Davis is not trying to force his attitude on homosexuality upon the reader. He is just not sugarcoating the fact that homosexuality is indeed a moral sin. He supports this by giving historical, medical, biblical, and theological perspectives on the issue. For instance, he dates back to ancient Greek culture explaining that although the upper classes of Greek society tolerated homosexuality, their society as a whole did not. From a medical point of view, Davis states, “[T]here is no evidence to support the hypothesis that ‘homosexuals or bisexuals of any degree or type are chromosomally discrepant from heterosexuals,’ which he concludes that sexual preference is a socially learned response, not caused by genetics or hormones” (Davis 117). From a theological perspective, Davis states, “The God of Scripture is the Lord of culture, not its passive victim; if God wishes to make his word and will plain, sinful human culture cannot ultimately frustrate the divine intent. This reminds us of Scripture itself of God’s sovereignty in revelation (131). He also…show more content…
Cobb suggests that Christians should accept same-same orientation, see goodness in gays and lesbians, join same-sex unions, and support same-sex gender couple laws. Although Cobb seems good intentions, his methods seem to be bad and worldly. For example, Cobb states that Christians should see goodness in gays and lesbians as they live faithfully the life God gave provided them. However, the bible is very clear on the fact that God clearly despises all sin, homosexuality included, as Scripture
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