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ANVIL

Anglican Evangelical Journal for Theology and Mission

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‘Love Does Not Delight in Evil, but Rejoices With the Truth.’ A Theological and Pastoral Reflection On My Journey Away From A Homosexual Identity

Sean Doherty
Published Online: 2014-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/anv-2013-0011

Abstract

This article offers theological reflection on the author’s experience, initially as a celibate gay person and subsequently as someone who has chosen not to be defined as gay and who has married. It argues that faithfulness to the classic Christian teaching about sex and marriage is liberating rather than homophobic, and that the contemporary cultural tendency to conflate sexual desire with identity bears at least some of the blame for the gay experience of marginalisation. This conflation must be questioned. The article concludes by relating this to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s critique of anthropocentric construals of ‘love’.

About the article

Sean Doherty

The Revd Dr Sean Doherty is Tutor in Ethics at St Mellitus College. He has recently completed a doctorate on economic ethics at Oxford University, soon to be published by OUP as Theology and Economic Ethics: Martin Luther and Arthur Rich in Dialogue. He is married to Gaby and they have three children.


Published Online: 2014-03-11

Published in Print: 2014-03-01


Citation Information: ANVIL, ISSN (Print) 0969-7373, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/anv-2013-0011.

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