On Faith: John Dominic Crossan

Saturday, December 13, 2008

. . . The validity of homosexual as well as heterosexual marriage will be generally accepted before most of our generation is gone from this earth. There are, of course, people biblically against it -- just as there are people biblically against wine. But nobody tells us anything, if you will recall, about the sexual preferences of that couple during whose "wedding at Cana of Galilee" Jesus supplied an awful lot of wine (John 2:1).

So, then, let us debate about sex and marriage rather than war and violence. Let us concentrate on the bedroom rather than the war room. Let us liberals get trapped -- as always -- on the right side of the wrong question. I write this in protest against that deviation from what fundamentally concerns the Bible, the biblical God, and Jesus, namely, that escalatory violence that by now threatens our world with destruction.

-- John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University

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