I have decided to take another paper that I wrote for my doctoral program and break it down into several parts for the blog. I have tried to make it a bit more readable – but it will likely still feel a bit academic. I hope, however, that it will cause people to think and start some robust conversations.
In light of my conviction that our sexual ethics must be reflected upon communally and enlivened in our interdependent lives together, acknowledging the reality of diversity in perspective is a critical factor in the development of my thought. The dissonance and lack of integrity and consistency in position is, I believe, eroding the capacity of Christians to think courageously and respond with confidence to our rapidly changing sexual landscape. In the midst of this uncertainty, the public witness to the life-transforming grace of Christ is distorted, particularly in the message to gender and sexual minority persons.
An ethics of generous spaciousness prioritizes a hermeneutic of justice and hospitality in engaging Scripture and tradition. Generous spaciousness views these as overarching themes of the biblical witness. Justice means that all people are treated equitably such that they are valued and extended dignity and respect. Hospitality means that all people are welcomed into the process of reflection, invited to listen, to discern, to wait, and to learn from others.
Generous spaciousness fearlessly opens discussion regarding the resources of reason through disciplines such as biology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy. In such discussion, it is acknowledged that there are competing ideas, theories, and interpretations concerning human sexuality. Such acknowledgement creates room for people to differ in their understanding of human sexuality.