John Corvino responds to those who blame homosexuality for disease, misery, and despair, ultimately turning the tables on those who wield morality as a weapon.
Is it possible to have a foundation for moral beliefs without appealing to Scripture? John Corvino argues that it is, making a plea for humility from all parties in the debate. At the same time, he challenges his fellow liberals to reject the claim that “morality is a private matter.”
John Corvino explains the real lessons from the Sodom and Gomorrah story, the Biblical passage perhaps most often cited against homosexual conduct.
John Corvino discusses some Bible verses from both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, explores analogies to slavery and divorce, and points out the inconsistencies of those who cherry-pick the apparently anti-gay parts of the Bible while glossing over other problematic passages.
John Corvino explains the problem with the standard “Love the Sinner/Hate the Sin” line, while also rejecting simplistic distinctions between homosexual orientation and homosexual conduct. He concludes with a message to religious conservatives who want to express their love for LGBT people while still maintaining that same-sex relations are sinful.
At the New York Times “Room for Debate”:
The point is not so much sacrifice as recalibration: not giving something up, so much as embracing something in its stead. You don’t need to believe in God in order to believe in the need for self-improvement — although it certainly helps to have a community, religious or otherwise, to back you up in your efforts.
Full article here.
With Maggie Gallagher at our recent Saddleback College debate. Photo Credit: Robert Cody Shoemake for the Lariat.
A nice review from Aussie blogger Belle. From the review:
Even for someone who isn’t a massive non-fiction reader, I found this book to be extremely interesting, engaging and yes, even enjoyable. I came away feeling more informed, more fired up and frankly, more touched than I thought I would be. Because what this book highlights most of all is that, at its very root, this argument is one of love and compassion – and it cannot be won without those things.
Full review here.
…as a conservative, writing:
This conservative case was buttressed by my fellow conservative writers – learned, decent, honest intellectuals like Jon Rauch and Bruce Bawer and Dale Carpenter and John Corvino and many others. We were no Democrats.
For the record, I’ve been a registered Democrat for decades. Nonetheless, the full piece is well worth reading.
Debating Same-Sex Marriage is an important book that lays bare the philosophical arguments for and against the legalization of same-sex marriage. Although I am partial to Gallagher’s arguments, Corvino’s position is well argued and more in tune with the times.
Read the full review here.