What were these passions? There is no doubt in my mind that they were sexual in nature, but what kind of sexual passions were they? Searching once again through the writings of Paul, some conclusions begin to emerge that startle and surprise the reader.
Spong has been surrounded by controversy as he has labored on the leading edge of movements to bring blacks, women and homosexuals into the full life of his church. But now that he has written that St. Paul, the apostle and first great teacher of Christianity, was a "self-loathing and repressed gay male," even his defenders are expressing shock.
Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, in a book published Friday that is bound to spark controversy, speculates that the Apostle Paul--an unmarried man plagued by an unnamed weakness--was a secret homosexual. Spong said in a telephone interview from his Newark, N. The provocatively liberal bishop stirred a firestorm through the denomination more than a year ago when he ordained an openly gay man to the priesthood--an act that resulted in his censure by fellow bishops in a close vote last summer.
Who in their right mind would ever think that St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles, writer of Epistles used by Christians to condemn gay people for centuries, might himself be gay? His character was torn apart by inner conflicts.
Such Pauline paradoxes have long fascinated people of faith while alienating some progressives. He wrote magnificent meditations on inclusivity and petty rules that have divided people by fueling sexism, racism and antisemitism. June 29 is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, one of the oldest saint days in the Christian calendar.
Some forums can only be seen by registered members. Some in here reason scripture the same way he does not to mention sound like him too. When are the Episcopals gonna drop the word "church" next to it or for that matter "Christian"?
To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. Throughout his ministry as an Episcopal priest and bishop, John S.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Alan Harper, the Anglican primate of All-Ireland, has entered the fray in the Anglican Communion's theological battle over homosexuality. Archbishop Harper argues that the Apostle Paul's description of homosexual relationships as "unnatural" may be challenged by emerging new scientific evidence, and the church would then need to accept that St Paul got it wrong about homosexuality. The primate developed his argument in an address to the annual conference of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, in Swanwick, which explored some aspects of the theology of the 16th century Anglican divine Richard Hooker.
For most likely, Paul was sexually attracted to men, either bisexually or homosexually. From Saint Paul and two of his colleagues in Christ, the lesbian couple Tryphaena and Tryphosa through Saints Anselm and Aelred, through today's gay and lesbian priests, a foundational, but closeted, part of Christianity for two thousand years was, and still is, homosexuality. Despite increasing scientific evidence of the naturalness of homosexuality, too many Christian churches refuse to embrace and offer acceptance.
Christian leaders have written about homosexual male-male sexual activities since the first decades of Christianity ; female-female sexual behaviour was almost entirely ignored. However, in the 20th century some prominent theologians and Christian religious groups have espoused a wide variety of beliefs and practices towards homosexuals, including the establishment of some 'open and accepting' congregations that actively support LGBT members, which they consider biblical in light of other rebukes in the New Testament that Christians might gloss over, such as wealth women refraining from speaking in church  or covering their heads while praying and protestant churches lack of support for adults who do not want to marry, such as building monasteries even though New Testament verses speak of the virtues of remaining single such as the example ofmales who are not to be "defiled"  with females before being redeemed in the apocalypse. Several post World War 2 translations now have one to four verses literally rebuking homosexuals while replacing all mention of fornicators with "the immoral" or "sexual immoral" and leaving ambiguous homosexual or heterosexual immorality.