Comments: NEAC still in the news

I'm grateful to Gordon Wenham for setting out a clear and consistent position. It's one that i disagree with heartily, but it is internally consistent. It makes it clear that if one is to follow a conservative line then the same logic has to be used across the patch.

It also makes it clear where the lines of argument and disagreement must lie between his position and my own.

What is much harder to grapple with is the pick'n'mix version of conservative views that seems to be widespread. This all too easily fits in with a caricature of "liberal where it inconveniences us, conservative where it inconveniences others".
Thus divorce,(some)Sunday trading and cremation are seen as not "first order" issues whilst homosexuality is a matter on which salvation depends.

Wenham's speech, by the very distance between what he expresses and most "orthodox" positions leads me to conclude that we have moved out of the era of the woolly liberal and have entered (he and a few others excepted)the age of a far more self-contradictory beast, the "woolly conservative".

Posted by David Walker at Tuesday, 23 September 2003 at 10:14pm BST

Thursday's Times has a "batch of letters":,,173-829541,00.html in response to the Times story cited here. One of them from Andrew de Berry says that David Holloway's description of gays being like "modern Jezebels" is scandalous.
Amen to that.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Thursday, 25 September 2003 at 1:11pm BST

Gordon Wenham's talk entitled "The OT and Sexuality" is now available in full in pdf format. "Download from NEAC site here":
Another talk by Edith Humphrey, entitled "The New Testament Speaks on Same-Sex Eroticism" is similarly "available here":

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Friday, 26 September 2003 at 10:02pm BST