ОДНОС ХРИШЋАНСТВА И ХОМОСЕКСУАЛНОСТИ ИЗ ПЕРСПЕКТИВЕ THE QUEEN JAMES BIBLE – ИДЕОЛОШКИ ИЛИ НАУЧНО КОРЕКТНО?
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND HOMOSEXUALITY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE QUEEN JAMES BIBLE – IDEOLOGICAL OR SCIENTIFIC CORRECTLY?
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Evaluation research, Biblical studies, Sociology of Religion
Published by: Српско социолошко друштво
Keywords: Christianity; homosexuality; Bible; homophobia;
Summary/Abstract: The paper discusses the relationship between Christianity and homosexuality through the analysis of the interpretation of the first “gay Bible” –The Queen James Bible. The editors of The Queen James Bible offer their interpretation of biblical texts that are commonly used as an argument towards condemnation of homosexuality, and their main goal is to prevent homophobic interpretation of the Bible. However, such an aim is self-defeating and leads to a circular argument. The purpose of interpretation is to determine, as objective as possible, the original meaning and the purpose of texts intended by the authors, not to put interpretation in the service of contemporary, culturally biased agendas. In the end, such interpretation quite naturally achieves the anticipated meanings. Notwithstanding the fact that the resulting interpretation serves good purposes (in this case the purpose of preventing homophobic interpretations of the Bible), the methodology of this kind of approach can be categorized as ideological rather than objective and scientific. It seems that the interpretations of biblical texts that are offered in The Queen James Bible are ideologically motivated and have no support in sound biblical hermeneutics. The analysis of hermeneutical methodology suggests that the major concern of The Queen James Bible editors was not to offer an objective translation.
- Issue Year: 50/2016
- Issue No: 2
- Page Range: 229-246
- Page Count: 18
- Language: Serbian