Roman Conquest

Man Rape and Homosexuality

This is a rant. It is a rant about how we process various passages in the Bible that shed light on ancient Israel’s understandings of gender, sex, and power. In particular, it is a rant about how we deal with passages such as the Sodom and Gomorrah story in which part of the horror of […]


Gay Marriage: The Law of the Land

I confess, I’m a little surprised. The Supreme Court actually issued a ruling dealing with the substance of the question. It didn’t appeal to technicalities or procedural issues. The Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry. It has been awhile since I’ve dealt with the civil side of this issue on my blog. […]

"NAMA Aphrodite Syracuse" by English: Copy after Praxiteles - Marsyas (2006).

Did Temple Prostitution Exist?

What was the sexual climate of the first century Mediterranean, and how does that help us to understand what the New Testament is talking about? That’s a question that runs right through the middle of many conversations about sexuality in the church, and about homosexuality in the church in particular. One line of argument is […]