n HTS : Theological Studies - Homoseksualiteit : die kerk, die tradisie en die Bybel - homofobie en sarkofobie en die evangelie

Volume 60, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



Homosexuality : church, tradition, and the Bible - homophobia, sarcophobia, and the gospel

The article demonstrates a trend in the current debate on the church's attitude towards homosexuality, namely that exegetical results supersede authentic faith experiences of gays. It shows that this trend causes an untenable tension between the dialectical notions sola fidei and sola Scriptura. Such an unacceptable tension contributes to the social psychological phenomena of homophobia and sarcophobia. The article investigates this empirical approach (theoretical reason) to homo-sexuality from the dialectical perspective of a theological approach (practical reason). The latter includes an investigation of the epistemological processes behind exegetes' diverse use of Scripture. The article aims to show that homophobia in society and church, and the sarcophobia of homosexuals can be challenged and healed if the church holds on to the dialectic between sola fidei and sola Scriptura and the dialectic between pastoral concerns and the engagement with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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