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"Pauline Conversations: Re-reading Romans 1 in Christ"

Loughlin, Gerard



One of the most insidious forms of Christian idolatry is the fetishizing of biblical texts, as when the meaning of Romans 1 is (wrongly) stabilized as condemning homosexual love-making. With Karl Barth we can learn how to converse with Paul in Christ, so that we can benefit from what Paul has to teach us, and his teaching can benefit from what we have learned under the tutelage of the Spirit. In this context we learn that in Paul’s day there were no homosexuals, and Paul learns that there are homosexuals in our day, some of whom are included within the body of Christ, where they are learning to love God in their loving of one another. The article uses the work of Bernadette Brooten, David Halperin, Mark Jordan and Martti Nissinen; and discusses the work of Eugene Rogers and Douglas Farrow.


Loughlin, G. (2004). "Pauline Conversations: Re-reading Romans 1 in Christ". Theology & Sexuality, 11(1), 72-102.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Deposit Date Oct 14, 2008
Journal Theology and Sexuality
Print ISSN 1355-8358
Electronic ISSN 1745-5170
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 1
Pages 72-102
Keywords Biblical texts, Bernadette Brooten, David Halperin, Mark Jordan, Martti Nissinen; Eugene Rogers, Douglas Farrow.