This week we start off by defending ourselves (read: atheists) from criticism by Tom Gilson (director of strategic processes for Campus Crusade for Christ) and Dow Marmur (rabbi emeritus at Holy Blossom Temple) who claim that atheists, in particular the “New Atheists” engage in fanaticism and lack of rationality.
However, most of our time was spent discussing the new North Carolina position of same-sex marriage. While the proponents of the new legislation claim a biblical basis we discuss what the biblical basis for human sexuality is and what it means for public policy. We mention Origen castrating himself because of his literal understanding of Matthew 19:12, Paul’s complete non-sexuality as demonstrated in the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla, and Christians’ adherence to Leviticus 18:22 while ignoring other Old Testament laws.
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