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Video Blog: The Slippery Slope Doesn’t Exist

posted by Tony Jones

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A Thoughtful, Reasonable, Pastoral Comment about Same Sex Sex

posted by Tony Jones

There have been some real gems among the hundreds and hundreds of comments left on this blog in the past couple weeks.  Among those that bear repeating is this one from Edward Green: To begin to understand the Bible’s views […]

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Video Response: Natural Law, Gays, and the Church

posted by Tony Jones

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Video Response: Those Pesky Six Verses about Homosexuality

posted by Tony Jones

What I’ve Learned about Gays and the Church…

posted by Tony Jones

…since last week.

An Honest Question about Gays in the Church

posted by Tony Jones

OK, I’m serious about this. I’m not even being snarky. Really. If you are one who thinks that homosexual sex is sinful, can you please explain to me WHY a gay or lesbian person who is in a long-term, monogamous […]

Is Gay the New Orthodox?

posted by Tony Jones

“It’s a clean sweep for the liberal agenda in the Episcopal Church,” said David Virtue, editor of VirtueOnline.org, a conservative Web site. “The orthodox are finished.” So begins the NYTimes article on the annual cluster meeting known as the Episcopal […]

Me on Patheos on Gays

posted by Tony Jones

An interview with me on the issue of gays and the church just went live on the new interfaith website, Patheos. Q: In a now famous post, you came to the conclusion that GLBTQ folks can “live lives in accord […]

Looking Back on Cornerstone – The Gays Have Their Day

posted by Tony Jones

Probably the most anticipated element of Cornerstone that I was involved with was a panel discussion entitled, “Gay Rights or Wrongs,” which was a conversation about how the church should approach the issue of GLBT persons. (I wrote about other […]

Should Christian Leaders Be Outed?

posted by Tony Jones

Do you think that Christian leaders who publicly support same sex marriage, gay rights, etc., should be pushed out of the closet? Last fall, I publicly affirmed gay marriage as a Christian and biblically virtuous lifestyle. Of course, not all […]

Doug Kmiec Is Right: Clergy Should Not Perform (Legal) Marriages

posted by Tony Jones

Last week, Doug Kmiec went on Colbert and became the next in a long line of people: Those who’ve gone on Colbert and said what I want to say on Colbert. Kmiec said what more and more of us are […]

Getting Beyond the “Ick Factor” in the Gay Marriage Debate

posted by Tony Jones

In one of my early posts on same sex marriage, I wrote that I used to be in the “natural law” camp of persons who said that, thought there’s not an overwhelming amount of verses in the Bible about homosexuality […]

Breaking News: Rod Will Debate Same Sex Marriage

posted by Tony Jones

It just turns out that he won’t debate it with me. Last fall, Rod and I agreed, at the behest of our then-editor, Patton Dodd, to hold a friendly “blogalogue” on same sex marriage.  It was in the aftermath of […]

Richard Mouw and Proposition 8

posted by Tony Jones

In this week’s edition of Newsweek, Richard Mouw, the president of Fuller Theological Seminary, penned an essay, “Less Shouting, More Talking,” in which he addresses the issues around Prop 8.  It’s clear that he wrote it, in part, as a […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Noah, a self-described conservative, makes a calm and helpful comment under Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Press Pause, To be really honest, the comment section makes me sad. It is sad to me that people become so ugly when discussions arise […]

Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: Press Pause

posted by Tony Jones

Several of you have been dropping comments under other posts, asking why this much-pimped series petered out so quickly.  Well, here’s the deal: Rod chose to stop the blogalogue very shortly after it started. Both of us were inundated by […]

Comment(s) of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

As usual, lots and lots of mean-spirited commentary around GLBT issues here yesterday, but a couple of poignant comments stuck out under yesterday’s Comment of the Day and Sunday’s Announcing Queermergent. First, Kristi: done talking? done listening? i don’t understand […]

Pomomusings Reviews Jack Rogers

posted by Tony Jones

After his much debated post, The Bible & Homosexuality: Enough with the Bible Already, Adam Walker-Cleaveland is now tackling Jack Roger’s book, Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church chapter-by-chapter. (Rogers is a polarizing figure in […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

A fine dissent from Mike to my still-debated post, How I Went from There to Here: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: I think the conclusion from this is that you have “caved to the mushy inclusivity of pluralized nothingness” from the […]

Our Biggest Weakness: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue

posted by Tony Jones

Rod, Happy New Year!  I’m glad that we’ve decided to get back into our blogalogue this month.  I know that lots and lots of readers want us to tackle the biblical evidence one way or another regarding same sex marriage.  […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Panthera, Larry, Celsus, and others continue to have at on yesterday’s COTD, but it’s Christmas Eve, so I’m going to refrain from re-posting one of theirs here — they’re not particularly gentle. However, here’s a comment by Panthera on yesterday’s […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

The Comment of the Weekend, continuing the conversation on homosexuality, has drawn a bit of response.  Larry and Panthera exchanged comments that hovered just on the border of civility and then, I’m afraid, crossed that border.  We join the conversation […]

Rick Warren’s Long Cycle

posted by Tony Jones

Methinks the biggest story this week is not BO’s choice of Papa Rick to give the inaugural invocation.  The biggest story this week is how big this story is.  It won’t go away.  I’m sure BO’s people thought it might […]

Food Fight! Beliefnet Bloggers Debate Rick Warren

posted by Tony Jones

There’s a bit of an in-house dust-up here at Bnet over Steve Waldman’s extensive interview with Rick Warren (VIDEO / TRANSCRIPT). Steve’s posted on it a few times, as have others around the blogosphere. But here in the friendly confines […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

From Basil, responding to Quote of the Weekend: I appreciate the civil tenor of all of these comments. I am a gay man, who is exploring my own religious beliefs, via Quakerism, and enjoy my worship greatly. I am very […]

Quote of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

To the post, The Newsweek Same Sex Marriage Kerfuffle, Dr. O’Hanlan writes, Galileo (science) was right and the Catholic Church was wrong and we finally had to admit it 500 years later. Science has some weighty evidence for us and […]

The Newsweek Same Sex Marriage Kerfuffle

posted by Tony Jones

Newsweek editor Jon Meacham gambled this week, and he gambled big.  In what is, by any measure and extraordinary piece of journalism, Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller wrote a cover story that basically says, the Bible does not define marriage […]

Texas Redacts the Gays

posted by Tony Jones

From Harpers Magazine, 2005:

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

Two in a row for Dr. Science! Wow, I just checked back to see if the old thread had died, and what do I find! Thank you, Tony. BTW, the pronoun used for me is “she”, not “he”. “A Walker” […]

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

To my post regarding Zach Lind’s support of SSM, over against the arguments Dan Kimball noted that it may lead to the legalization of polygamy, Dr. Science writes, Civil marriage is a legal contract between two persons. Same-sex marriage acknowledges […]

Comment of the Day

posted by Tony Jones

The conversation continues my most-read Beliefnet post to date: Same Sex Marriage Blogalogue: How I Went from There to Here.  Ben contributed this: Yes, The Holy Bible is very clear on a lot of things. Circumcision, for instance. And what […]

Zach Lind Stands Firm on the Slippery Slope

posted by Tony Jones

The next thing I hope tackle with Rod in our Same Sex Blogalogue is the “slippery slope,” which keeps coming up in the comments.  The argument usually goes like this: if we allow gay marriage, the next thing we know, […]

Comment of the Weekend

posted by Tony Jones

Several commenters have questioned my inclusion of the “B” in GLBTQ, suggesting that bisexual persons don’t fit under the monogamy that I endorse.  But PSUdain clarifies on my behalf: There seems to be a running confusion here about the nature […]

Other Voices on Same Sex Marriage

posted by Tony Jones

I won’t be blogging about same sex marriage this weekend, and I don’t know if Rod will nor not.  But, in the meantime, I thought I’d point you to a couple other spots where I’ve found some good thoughts: Eugene […]

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