Biblical Texts and Homosexual Practices

Speaker: Categories: Jan 10, 2009

 

[1hr, 10min, 34sec / 1hr, 13min, 48sec]

ABOUT THE TOPIC:

Did the title of this January presentation get your attention? If so, was it the"texts"part or the"practices"portion?

Dr. Blazen offers the following as an introduction to what he'll be sharing the afternoon of the second sabbath in January:"The question of homosexuality and homosexual practices looms large in contemporary Christian discussion and debate. Such discussions are all too frequently beset by extreme sensitivities and volatilities which arise as soon as the issue of homosexuality is introduced, whether in casual conversation, church meetings, the classroom, or conferences..Denominations are not only divided in opinion but rent asunder in structure. Factions form, fights ensue, and schisms occur. Among liberal Christians the edges are not so jagged, but among conservatives they are. Liberals tend to highlight compassion and justice (rights) while conservatives stress standards and morality. Of course, both sides claim the moral high ground in their approach to the issue."

Are you wondering just how Adventism fits into this divided context? Would the right answer to this question prove satisfying to believers?

"Since the Bible,"continues Professor Blazen,"the foundation of Christian faith and practice, is the storm-center of the controversy in the churches, it will be the focused intention of this January 10 presentation to study the biblical texts involved in the conflict and to try and determine what they, in fact, say as well as what they do not say. It does not fit my purpose in this exposition to be an advocate either in terms of supporting or decrying homosexual practices. My only concern is to give the Bible a fair hearing as the basis for furthering the dialogue which the church must necessarily carry on as it considers all sides of the issue in our contemporary setting."

Would you agree with Dr. Blazen that the church mustnecessarilycarry on further dialog regarding the question of biblical references to homosexual practices? What if there would be NO further dialog within or among the churches? What if the dialog were greatly expanded with the varying viewpoints more vehemently expressed? Would such enhance understanding - or more completely confuse the mattter?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Ivan T. Blazen, Ph.D. has become well-known and much appreciated as a San Diego Adventist Forum presenter, having shared his views with this audience on seven previous occasions. He is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Prior to professorial appointment at LLU, he was for many years Professor of New Testament in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University. For several of those years he chaired the Seminary's Department of New Testament. He has also taught at Pacific Union College.

Dr. Blazen has done extensive graduate study at such universities and seminaries as Andrews University and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary in New York City, the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany, Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he received his PhD degree.

Two of his major concerns are to give the Bible a fair hearing in its own time and place and to apply Biblical teaching to the practical concerns of everyday life.

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