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A Letter to Louise

by: Bruce W. Lowe


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REFERENCES

1-1 Helmut Thielicke, The Ethics of Sex, 283-4

1-2 APA News Release No. 98-56, December 14, 1998

1-3 Quoted by Ellen Herman, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Homosexuality, 33

2-1 Jeffrey S. Siker, "Homosexual Christians, the Bible and Gentile Inclusion: Confessions of a Repenting Heterosexist" in Jeffrey S. Siker, Ed., Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate, 181ff

2-2 Ibid., 187f

3-1 Herman, 57

3-2 The Dallas Morning News, October 7, 2001

5-1 Stein, Edward, The Mismeasure of Desire: The Science, Theory and Ethics of Homosexuality. 283

5-2 Brenner, Claudia with Hannah Ashley, Eight Bullets: One Woman's Story of Surviving Anti-Gay Violence

5-3 John J. McNeill, The Church and the Homosexual (Boson: Beacon Press, 1993), 163

6-1 Peter J. Gomes, The Good Book, 147

6-2 Ibid., 146

6-3 Mel White, "A Soulforce Response" in Open Hands, Vol. 14, No. 2, Fall 1998

6-4 March 15, 1998.

6-5 Michael Nava and Robert Dawidoff, Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to, 100

6-6 The Vatican's official position condemns homosexuality as an "objective moral disorder", and a 1992 Vatican statement called discrimination against gays "not unjust." The Baptist Faith and Message statement adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000, in Article XV, equates "homosexuality" with "sexual immorality." A 1992 SBC Executive Committee resolution stated: "God regards homosexuality as a gross perversion and unquestioned sin." In 1995 SBC amended its constitution for the first time in its 150-year history to bar from membership any church that would "affirm, approve, or endorse homosexual behavior."

6-7 Paul Duke, "Homosexuality and the Church" in Robert M. Baird and Katherine Baird, Homosexuality: Debating the Issues, 231f

7-1 Psychology Today, Vol. 8, No. 10 (March 1973), 27-33

7-2 Thielicke, 227f

7-3 C. G. Jung, The Collected Works, vol. 9, pt. 1, 58-59

7-4 McNeill, 143

7-5 Myers, David, "Sexual Orientation and Science" in LeDayne McLeese Polanski and Millard Eiland, Eds., Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth, The Alliance of Baptists and Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, 172

8-1 Kathy Rudy, Sex and the Church (Boston: Beacon Press, 1997), 108

8-2 James B. Nelson, "Sources for Body Theology: Homosexuality as a Test Case" in Jeffrey S. Siker, Ed., Homosexuality in the Church: Both Sides of the Debate, 81

8-3 McNeill, 204

8-4 Ibid., 103

8-5 Ibid., 165, 204

8-6 Thielicke, 271

8-7 McNeil, 102

8-8 William Barclay, A Spiritual Autobiography, 115

8-9 John J. McNeill, Taking a Chance on, 38

8-10 Quoted in Letha Scanzoni and Virginia Mollenkott, Is the Homosexual My Neighbor? 130

8-11 Alastair Huron, ed., Toward a Quaker View of Sex

8-12 Michael Nava and Robert Dawidoff, Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America, 120, 147

8-13 Stanton Jones and Don E. Workman, "Homosexuality: The Behavioral Sciences and the Church" in Siker, 97

9-1 Quoted in Scanzoni and Mollenkott, 120, 121

9-2 Nava and Dawidoff, 145

9-3 Quoted in Scanzoni and Mollenkott, 129

9-4 Quoted in Scanzoni and Mollenkott, 132 from Nelson, "Homosexuality and the Church," Christianity and Crisis 37 (April 4, 1977), 63-69

9-5 Editorial, H. Darrell Lance, The Inspiriter, Winter/Spring 2000

9-6 Nancy Toder, "Lesbian Couples in Particular" in Betty Berzon, Positively Gay, 62

9-7 Berzon, 62f

9-8 Ralph Wedgwood, "Society Should Allow Same-Sex Marriage" in Mary E. Williams, Ed., Homosexuality: Opposing Viewpoints, 168

9-9 Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, "Overcoming Heterosexism - To Benefit Everyone" in Jeffrey S. Siker, 148

10-1 Tex R. Sample, "Should Gays and Lesbians Be Ordained?" in Caught in the Crossfire, by Sally B Geis and Donald E. Messer, Eds., 127-129

10-2 Quoted in Scanzoni and Mollenkott, 132 from Nelson, "Homosexuality and the Church," Christianity and Crisis 37 (April 4, 1977), 63-69

10-3 Stanley J. Grenz, Sexual Ethics: An Evangelical Perspective, 144

10-4 Richard Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament, 104

A-1 H. E. Dana, Searching the Scriptures: A Handbook of New Testament Hermeneutics, 178, 224

A-2 Ibid., 235

A-3 Hays, Richard, 381

A-4 Marion L. Soards, Scripture and Homosexuality: Biblical Authority and the Church Today, 13

A-5 Stanley J. Grenz, 128, 143f

A-6 See discussion by James R. Payton, Jr., "A Tale of Two Cultures" in Priscilla Papers, Winter 2002, 13ff

B-1 Peter J. Gomes, 149

B-2 David L. Bartlett, "A Biblical Perspective on Homosexuality" in Polaski and Eiland, 27

B-3 Hays, Richard, The Moral Vision of the New Testament, p.381

B-4 Soards, Marion L, Scripture and Homosexuality: Biblical Authority and the Church Today, 57

B-5 Helmut Thielicke, 227

B-6 The Journal of Religious Ethics, Vol 14:1(1986) 206,7

B-7 Richard B. Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament (San Francisco: Harper, 1996) 394

B-8 Quoted in D. S. Bailey, Homosexuality and the Western Christian, 39

B-9 Robin Scroggs, New Testament and Homosexuality, 127, quoted by Shields, 127

B-10 Gomes, 162

C-1 Baptist Standard, November 13, 2000

C-2 Richard B. Hays, 400


BIBLIOGRAPHY

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Barclay, William. A Spiritual Autobiography (Grand Rapids: William B. Erdmans, 1975)

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Bieber, Irving, Homosexuality: A Psychoanalytic Study (New York: Basic Books, 1962)

Carleton, Francis, "Contested Identity: The Law's Construction of Gay and Lesbian Subjects" in Lynn Pardie, Tracy Luchetta, Eds., The Construction of Attitudes toward Lesbians and Gay Men (New York: Hayworth, 1999)

Cory, Donald W. and John LeRoy, The Homosexual and His Society (New York: Citadel, 1963)

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Dana, H. E., Searching the Scriptures: A Handbook of New Testament Hermeneutics (New Orleans: Bible Institute Memorial Press, 1936)

Duberman, Martin, A Queer World: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (New York: New York University Press, 1997)

Efird, James M., How to Interpret the Bible (Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1984)

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Rudy, Kathy, Sex and the Church (Boston: Beacon Press, 1997)

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Soards, Marion L, Scripture and Homosexuality: Biblical Authority and the Church Today (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1989)

Stein, Edward, The Mismeasure of Desire: The Science, Theory, and Ethics of Sexual Orientation (New York: The Oxford University Press, 1999)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bruce Lowe is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (1936) and of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (1946). He married Anna Marie in 1944; they have two sons and two grandsons. His ministry included the chaplaincy during World War II, pastorates in Louisiana, and teaching Bible at Louisiana College, Pineville. He left the ministry in 1966 and worked until retirement in the Office for Civil Rights of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Anna Marie Lowe is a graduate of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia (1946) and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has been the church organist or pianist in churches and missions since she was eleven.


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