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Informed and sensible talk about Christians and Sex

Yesterday I hung out with an old friend of mine, Cavan, who’s currently working on his dissertation for divinity school. We walked around Davis square and spoke in depth about past and current relationships, as well as how Biblical teachings in that realm might apply to contemporary American society. Cavan is one of the smartest human beings I know, but his views often don’t jive with those of mainline evangelicals. In fact, often they run directly counter to them.

Despite the fact that his views are a repudiation of everything I was raised to believe in, I still find that my faith is strengthened whenever I speak with him. It’s comforting to know that one can be insanely intelligent, devote one’s life to studying the word of God, and STILL emerge with a coherent and compelling faith. And if that means their views have adapted to take into account the historical context under which the Bible was written, so much the better. Here’s a snippet of our conversation:


  • tadcalabash

    Found a few of these conversations with Cavan on your AudioBoo and am greatly encouraged that there are other Christians in the world (such as myself) that view faith in the same way.

  • Anonymous

    In no way does the Bible condone polygamy. It is very clear that sex should be between a man and a woman in the covenant of marriage. If you discount the relevence of the Bible in any way, you are heading down a dangerous road. And yes, there is a difference between cultural traditions and outright sin. Sounds like this guy is using his own watered down Christianity to rationalize a certain lifestyle that he finds appealing.

  • Really interesting conversation. Thanks for posting that Dave. I stumbled on your blog through the facebook and it's pretty awesome.

  • I feel so blessed to know that there are others in the community that think critically about the Word and yet maintain a strong base faith. How can we uphold such strong beliefs from one part of the book and then clearly denounce others? As many like to scream, we cannot pick and choose which sections we wish to uphold, so for those who maintain a legalistic approach, EVERY bit of scripture must be followed, which at times, seems to present problems with modern thought (polygamy, etc.)

  • Trying to live word for word by the Word is impossible in every sense. Its impossible to even try and live by half without walking around stricken with grief, guilt, or regret. Like with most things in life I believe you take what you need and remove what you dont. I'm sure anyone that disagrees will not believe my view but if you took the computer you're responding on back to the times you worship from you'd be tried for some sort of withcraft.