a lot  has been made over the recent newsweek cover story  and editorial in which it is asserted that the evangelical /historical christian view and interpretation of the bible regarding marriage is not only erroneous, but that the bible actually allows for and even condones same-sex marriage. the tagline reads:

“Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side.”

the editorial includes this indictment against the historical christian view:

“Given the history of the making of the Scriptures and the millennia of critical attention scholars and others have given to the stories and injunctions that come to us in the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament, to argue that something is so because it is in the Bible is more than intellectually bankrupt—it is unserious, and unworthy of the great Judeo-Christian tradition.”

it is one thing for a person (or entity such as newsweek) to disagree with the historic interpretation of the bible regarding this, or any other matter. but it is an entirely different matter altogether to resort to historical revisionism and hermeneutical gymnastics to assert one’s views.

the newsweek cover story and editorial have been handily refuted by many who have pointed out the abundance of errors, the lack of integrity in the presentation of the research, and the minuscule and obscure field of “consultants” quoted as those whose opinion’s reflect a view of scripture that is representative of the “correct” view.

christianity today sums up this journalistic travesty well:

While we do not expect Newsweek to excel in
theological or biblical argument, we do expect
that respected magazine to practice good
journalism—like presenting the actual arguments
of one’s opponents, and being fair to the context
of quoted sources. Neither of these things
happened in Lisa Miller’s piece.

two very good rebuttals are here and here. a very thorough and more academic response can be found here.

i encourage you to read the original newsweek piece. this is not some out of nowhere fringe group. this is one of the more well known national news magazines out there. this view of scripture and interpreting the bible no longer exists soley in the ivory towers of academia, but is headed into the homes of people you know and love- people you work with, eat with and go to church with.

as you read the article, perhaps take a pen and some paper and write down your answers to objections raised. then read the rebuttals (at least the first two) for further clarification. this will prove to be a great exercise for that conversation that may be around the corner when a co-worker or loved one says “did you know that bible says same sex marriage is ok?”

one more reason that you can no longer assume that our “christianity” is the same thing as other’s -or- what others assume yours is.

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