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Monday, January 23, 2006

So What About Homosexuality

There is an interesting discussion going on over on Scot McKnight's blog about homosexuality - part 1 and part 2. Here's a snippet to whet your appetite:
According to the Bible, sin is both a human condition and human behavior against the known will of God. As I explain in Embracing Grace, humans are special — they are Eikons of God who, by act, become cracked Eikons. The work of God through the gospel is to restore cracked Eikons. And it is precisely here that an important element comes into play in any discussion: the “crackedness” of Eikons is hyper-relational. The fundamental nature and impact of sin are that human relationships are distorted in four directions: with God, with self, with others, and with the world. Sin itself is hyper-relational distortion.

The implication of this is that we are all messed up to one degree or another: we are cracked Eikons. This means our relationships with God, self, others, and the world are not what they are supposed to be. And the gospel is the work of God to get those relationships back in sync: thus both sin and gospel are hyper-relational. Any biblical discussion of homosexuality must engage with humans as cracked in hyper-relationality.
I'm not going to say (yet) what I think of the content of Scot's argument, but I want to point out the way he is arguing - he is attempting to take a subject which typically devolves in a very predictable fashion (along well worn ideological ruts), and tackle it from a different angle, deferring the tension points for later in the discussion. I think this is good because it extends the dialogue, (rather than terminating it), and I think there's a lot to be gleaned from the discussions on both of these posts as well...

I'll say more on this later, but for now I just wanted to point it out. Go on, give it a read!

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