A History of, and Response to, Theological Thinking About Ordaining Gays and Lesbians in the Presbyterian Church (USA)
DateNovember 9, 2012
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The purpose of this paper is to explore the theological concept of humanity created in God's image as a context for a discussion of humans created as fully embodied persons that includes their sexuality, leading to the research question: is a leadership position within the Presbyterian Church (USA) a unique calling requiring specific human characteristics and excluding others? Presbyterians believe Jesus Christ calls individuals to ordained ministries.
Cultural background. The cultural question facing the Presbyterian Church (USA) ; 1978 Presbyterian Blue Book, Part I, Report ; Gay and lesbian ordination controversy is not unique to America
Natural theology. The impact of natural theology ; Defining the terms ; Why is Karl Barth so important for this discussion? : a case in point ; The Brunner-Barth debate
Image of God. The implications of humanity created in God's image ; Paul's vision of the natural world and human fallenness
Qualifications for leadership. Christian leadership and prerequisite qualifications
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