Just posting this comment I made under Nathan's post on my blog here so I don't lose it...
P.S. I stole the graphic above from Nathan's blog. Hope he doesn't mind.
I have followed Denny Burk's blog for...must be at least ten years. I share a lot of theological convictions with him. I have also met someone who knew him, so I know he is a real person! (grin) I appreciate him and his writing. I agree with a lot of what he has to say on homosexuality, and believe the book, Transforming Homosexuality that he and Heath Lambert wrote would be a valuable read.
But I disagree with him on the points he makes in his presentation, "An Anthropological Perspective on Sin, Desire, and Sexuality" during the 2015 ETS debate about Reparative Therapy. He only makes two points, so it should follow that this will be a short review. Sadly, no. There is a lot to respond to.
Unfortunately, I am so short of time I will not be able to get to this review until next month at the earliest (though I guess anything could happen...).
For those who are interested in Denny Burk's defense of asexuality, it would be worthwhile reading Matthew 19:1-12 (specifically 11-12) and 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 (specifically 36-40 - though the whole chapter contains salient points). Pay attention to what it actually says, and ask whether those passages support asexuality or lack of sexual desire for the opposite sex as a gift from God, or whether that idea needs to be read into the text. Note: celibacy is not the same as asexuality.
Hope to be able to give my take soon.
When I listened to "Why Reparative Therapy is not an Evangelical Option", Heath Lambert's talk for the 2015 ETS debate about Reparative Therapy, I appreciated Heath's desire to honour Christ in counseling. His plea for Christians to not miss Christ for the reparative trees is something I can get whole-heartedly behind.
But, listening to his talk, I also wondered whether he should have changed the title from "Why Reparative Therapy is not an Evangelical Option" to, "Why Reparative Therapy needs Evangelical Revision".
Read on to find out why.
Well, I'm glad to say that Denny Burk and Heath Lambert finally said something more about their rejection of Reparative Therapy. After Heath put out a little article called, What's Wrong with Reparative Therapy?, Denny's consistent fall back was to merely link to the article. I was glad, then, when they set up a debate with the title, Reparative Therapy: Is It a Valid Approach to Helping Homosexuals? at the 2015 ETS. Apparently Robert Gagnon was the only person available to take up the challenge, but, as you can hear someone say in the background at the beginning of Denny's talk, "he served ably".
So, the debate (which you can purchase for US$9.77) was organised like this:
THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES AT SKYEJETHANI.COM...
Well, it hasn't so far :).