Classroom Controversy: Christianity and Gay Rights
Paul J. Levesque, California State University Fullerton
In developing a lecture on the controversial issue of Christian responses
to same-sex sexual behavior, the author employs strategies to minimize tensions
and foster learning. Pedagogy includes a step by step unfolding of the issue.
One step acknowledges that the official positions of Christian churches on the
issue of homosexuality vary greatly. Some consider gay men and lesbians a threat
to faith and family; others are tolerant and even accepting. These divergent
conclusions are reached largely due to different methods of interpreting the Bible.
In addition, a variety of responses can be made to an ethical position which runs
counter to one’s religious views. Even if one personally holds to the
incompatibility of same-sex behavior with one’s faith, there remains the wider
issue of how one might implement this view in a multicultural and multireligious
Academic Exchange Quarterly Summer 2004 Volume 8, Issue 2