Homosexuality and the Bible

California State Univ. religious studies professor to speak on campus Monday Sept. 30

One of the hottest topics making headlines all over the world is the issue of homosexuality. Fierce debates between liberals and conservatives over the legitimacy of same-sex relationships and whether or not they should be accepted has been a hotly debated topic in many countries.

One of the main tools used by those who disagree with same-sex marriage is the Bible. However, is the Bible truly against homosexuality?

On Sept. 30, Dr. David Stewart of California State University will be challenging people to dig a little deeper into what the Bible really says about this issue. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Dina’s Place and will explore same-sex relationships in the Old Testament and Hebrew Bible. Students will be able to ask questions at the end of the event.

During the event, Stewart will reference various verses that pertain to the topic of homosexuality. Stewart said that he has some new thoughts to share with Winthrop students.

“I think there might be a lot of surprises,” Steward said, pointing out how he has some arguments to make that are more than just simple repetitions of what everyone has been saying.

Stewart got this Ph.D. in understanding the Hebrew Bible and Hittitology, and a M.A. in Middle East Studies-Hebrew. Some of his interests include biblical and ancient Near East religion and law and ancient notions of sex and gender. He is able to read the Hebrew Bible in its original language, and can therefore offer insights that a translation is not able to easily provide.

Stewart believes it is important for the public to have well-rounded knowledge of what the Bible says, because it is used to advance political agendas. Even Martin Luther King used what the Bible had to say about injustice. The upcoming event is sure to spark discussion and debate among the student population.

Source: By Jordan Lent lentj@mytjnow.com

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