Grayson As of late, the internet has been buzzing about a book written nearly 20 years ago called Same Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe.
It was written by homosexual activist John Boswell and was published just after he died. But there has been a flurry of references to this book as if Boswell were just to begin a book tour.
High-trafficked websites like Huffington Post, Cracked. You might wonder why a two-decade-old book is suddenly popular. Our current context cannot be ignored. The largest and strongest opposition to this radical overhaul of society comes from orthodox Christians.
Notice how nuts the mainstream media went over the non-story that the Pope said that homosexuals must be treated with respect. NBC host Donny Deutsch thought that this signaled a sea change in Catholicism, thus exposing his utter ignorance.
Most of the time, a fringe author will publicize a radical heterodox theory that the media simply accepts. It then falls to us to do the legwork and catch up. By the time we have found the refuting evidence, the media has moved on to some other story. Other, more scholarly people, have already written these. The following are just a few points to keep in mind as you hear and read stories about it. We have a long history of battling strange ideas.
In the first years of Christianity, there were a lot of strange ideas that floated around, some of which became full-fledged heresies. For example, you could say that Christians in the first century believed in reincarnation if you included the Gnostics in your definition of Christian. It should not be surprising that some of the early Christians should engage in behavior that was out of the ordinary.
This was the belief of the Judaizers, who Paul often confronted. They were Christians who held to a practice that was eventually addressed by the Council of Jerusalem and then condemned.
Here you had Christians who misinterpreted their faith to adapt it to their culture, but it was never matter of accept moral or religious doctrine. Boswell would have you believe that as long as something is practiced by Christians it is orthodox. Again, he must never have heard of the concept of heresy. Men can have loving relationships with other men and not be gay. Modern culture has a hard time not thinking gay. What I mean is that if two people of the same sex show radical affection towards one another, our culture is so sexualized, that we assume there must be an erotic attraction as well.
This is a new development in Western culture. Men are much more stiffed in our modern era in showing affection to other men. And at the Supper, Christ told all of the men there that He loved them. So if there were ancient ceremonies that blessed a loving friendship between two men, it does not therefore prove that this love was erotic.
All it shows is that we moderns cannot get past our sex-tinted glasses. This necessitates a terrible interpretation of Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians 6 , as well as every single reference to homosexuality in the Bible. But on top of that, it basically says that since there were no formal denunciations until Thomas Aquinas, then the Church must have approved. Thomas Aquinas is a convenient whipping boy because he attempted to cover all questions under the sun regarding theology, hence the title of his master work: But if you are going to be comprehensive, you may raise questions that have not been popularly raised before.
Hence people look to him as an originator of Church teaching on several things, when really he is not. He is, for the most part, simply raising up what already there either explicitly or by implication.
His assertions will be more widely read and held by the popular culture. And above all pray to the God of Truth. Grayson I am a devoutly Catholic theology teacher who loves a popular culture that often, quite frankly, hates me.
I grew up absorbing every movie, TV show, comic book, science fiction novel, etc. They take up a huge part of my life. The point is that the popular culture is popular for a reason. It is woven into the fabric of our lives and imaginations, for good or ill. In this blog I will attempt to bring together the things of heaven with the things of earth.
Of course this goal may be too lofty for someone like me.