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What do the scriptures have to say about homosexuality? Some see the Bible as unequivocal and authoritative, while others find contradictions and room for interpretation.

Select a Passage (imagemap) According to the Bible, homosexuality is clearly a sin; or maybe it's not. The verses dealing with the subject are complicated and loaded with contradictions; or maybe they're perfectly clear. POV asked two Bible scholars who've written extensively on these issues to offer their interpretations.

We asked both of our experts to choose three passages that are key to understanding what the Bible has to say about homosexuality. Each scholar then provided commentary on the full list of selections.

About the participants

Dr. James B. DeYoung

Dr. James B. DeYoung is Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Homosexuality: Contemporary Claims Examined in Light of the Bible and Other Ancient Literature and Law (Kregel Publications, 2000).

Dr. David M. Carr

Dr. David M. Carr is Professor of Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the author of The Erotic Word: Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Bible (Oxford University Press, 2002).


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