Homosexuality

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Homosexuality is the state of being erotically attracted to or engaging in erotic acts with members of the same sex.
 
Homosexuality is the state of being erotically attracted to or engaging in erotic acts with members of the same sex.
  
==Orthodoxy's Position==
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==The Teaching of the Orthodox Church==
  
Orthodox Christians generally hold that homosexual attraction is not sinful in itself because it is a temptation, but homosexual acts are sins because the will conciously gives in to the temptation. Because of this, the Orthodox Church cannot not bless or condone homosexual behavior in any manner. The options for the homosexual Christian in this regard are the same as every other Christian's--[[marriage]] or [[celibacy]]. Some scholars have attempted to make a third way by suggesting that [[adelphopoeisis]] was a version of marriage, but the majority of Orthodox reject that notion on theological and historical grounds.
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The Orthodox Church understands homosexual behavior to be contrary to God's will. The options for the homosexual Christian in this regard are the same as every other Christian's--[[marriage]] or [[celibacy]]. A few people have attempted to make a third way by suggesting that [[adelphopoeisis]] was a version of marriage, but it is clear from historical studies that was not at all the meaning of the rite.
  
 
==Official Orthodox Statements==
 
==Official Orthodox Statements==

Revision as of 21:40, October 19, 2005

Homosexuality is the state of being erotically attracted to or engaging in erotic acts with members of the same sex.

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The Teaching of the Orthodox Church

The Orthodox Church understands homosexual behavior to be contrary to God's will. The options for the homosexual Christian in this regard are the same as every other Christian's--marriage or celibacy. A few people have attempted to make a third way by suggesting that adelphopoeisis was a version of marriage, but it is clear from historical studies that was not at all the meaning of the rite.

Official Orthodox Statements

Articles from an Orthodox Perspective

Personal Testimonies

Non-Orthodox Sources

Recommended Books

  • Straight & Narrow: Compassion & Clarity in the Homosexuality Debate by Thomas E. Schmidt. InterVarsity Press: 1995. (ISBN 0830818588)
  • Homosexuality: A New Christian Ethic by Elizabeth R. Moberly. James Clarke Company: 1997. (ISBN 0227678508) (Orthodox author)

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