Holiness and Sexuality

In 2004 I edited a book entitled Holiness and Sexuality: Homosexuality in a Biblical Context (Milton Keynes: Paternoster). This contained a series of papers read at the Annual Oak Hill School of Theology in 2003, with some additional material. I also wrote the first three articles. Unfortunately, this book is now out of print and so, with the permission of the publishers, I am making available the full text of the chapters I wrote.

Holiness and God’s Creation Purpose

Holiness and Sexuality in the Pauline Writings

Same-sex Unions and Romans 3



Many people who write on the subject of homosexuality consider it within the framework of justice or love or tolerance or personal fulfilment, but holiness is the theological context and motivation for the teaching of the Mosaic law about sexual behaviour (Lv. 18:1-30; 20:7-26), and holiness is also the basis of the New Testament appeal for distinctive sexual behaviour in several key passages (e.g. 1 Thes. 4:1-8; 1 Cor. 6:9-20; 2 Cor. 6:14 – 7:2). The articles I have written consider the theological and  pastoral implications of viewing homosexual behaviour in this way.

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