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(Homo)Sexuality in Paul

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In our early-November First Universalist-Secular Bible Study series for Tuesday, November 1 and Tuesday, November 15, "(Homo)Sexuality in Paul",  1stU and SBS attendees will join Nualle Schallenberger -- Biblical history and textual scholar and member of SBS -- in exploring the apostle Paul's attitudes about sexuality & homosexuality:

The statement, "Paul banned homosexuality," is a bone of contention between the various factions of today's culture wars. But homosexuality as a social identity is a modern concept. So what exactly did Paul ban and why?

To understand Paul's stance on same-sex relations, we must go beyond the "clobber texts" in his epistles (1 Cor 6:9 and Rom 1:26-27). We must understand his stance on sexuality in general, which differs according to who we think Paul was.

The apostle to the gentiles had a far grander plan than offering proscriptive relationship advice. Getting at that plan unveils his core beliefs and hopes. Only then can we evaluate how relevant his words may be today.

Don't miss First Universalists' and Secular Bible Study's  exploration, on this November 1 and November 15, of the mind of the man many consider to be the architect of Christianity.

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The Apostle Paul, Catacombs of St. Tecla, Rome (approx. 380  C.E.)

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  • Steve M.

    Nualle and Sorcha did a great job reviewing what Paul says, how Hellenistic Jews and others thought of appropriate sexual roles and practices, and what the complex Greek terms he used meant.

    November 2, 2011

  • Valerie Jeanne G.

    Very interesting subject, and the presenters had obviously put a lot of effort into their presentation. I learned a lot.

    November 2, 2011

  • Frank B.

    Nualle Schallenberger and her wife, Sorcha Keepers, delved deeply into modern translation vs. original greek of Paul's letters and the Septuagent -- Paul's main Old Testament translation. It was fascinating to learn that Paul even made up a word to describe gays, and made an amazingly Buddhist/Stoic/Vulcan-like assertion that "desire" in general is bad (with faith in Jesus as the way out)! Thanks to our guests of Nualle & Sorcha, MN Atheists, 1stU and 1st Mpls Circle of Reason, including Steve Mayer, Wendell, Valerie, Marlene, and Ginny; and thanks to our long-time SBS regulars! See you all in 2 weeks for more discussion of Paul, gays, desire/covetousness, and faith!

    November 1, 2011

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