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two views on homosexuality, the bible and the church
by Megan DeFranza, WEsley Hill, Stephen HOlmes and William Loader. Edited by Preston Sprinkle
Unique among most debates on homosexuality, this book presents a constructive dialogue... Even as these scholars articulate pointed arguments for their position with academic rigor and depth, they do so cordially, clearly, and compassionately, without demeaning the other.
The main essays are followed by insightful responses and rejoinders... Holding to a high view of Scripture, a commitment to the gospel and the church, and a love for people—especially those most affected by this topic—the contributors wrestle deeply with the Bible and theology, especially the prohibition texts, the role of procreation, gender complementarity, and pastoral accommodation.
Scot McKnight calls it an "irreplacable volume."
SEX DIFFERENCE IN CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY | BOOK WRITTEN BY MEGAN DEFRANZA
How different are men and women? When does it matter to us -- or to God? Are male and female the only two options? What about those caught in the middle? In Sex Difference in Christian Theology, Megan DeFranza explores such questions in light of the Bible, theology, and science.
Many Christians, entrenched in culture wars over sexual ethics, either ignore the existence of intersex persons or avoid the inherent challenge they bring to the assumption that everybody is born after the pattern of either Adam or Eve. DeFranza argues, from a conservative theological standpoint, that all people are made in the image of God -- male, female, and intersex -- and that we must listen to and learn from the voices of the intersexed among us.
INTERSEX, THEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE | CHAPTER WRITTEN BY MEGAN DEFRANZA
Intersex bodies have been figured as troubling by doctors, parents, religious institutions and society at large. In this book, scholars draw on constructive and pastoral theologies, biblical studies, and sociology suggesting intersex's capacity to 'trouble' is positive, challenging unquestioned norms and assumptions in religion and beyond.
Megan's chapter, "Virtuous Eunuchs: Troubling Conservative and Queer Readings of Intersex and the Bible," locates intersex people in the Bible and early Christian history. Jews and early Christians were familiar with differences of sex development and found ways to make space in their communities for those who do not fit the pattern of Adam or Eve. At the same time, that they upheld traditional concerns for sexual ethics.
EVANGELICAL POSTCOLONIAL CONVERSATIONS | CHAPTER WRITTEN BY MEGAN DEFRANZA
Colonialism involves more than just territorial domination. It also creates cultural space that silences and disenfranchises those who do not hold power. Postcolonialism challenges imbalances of power in the ways we speak, think, and act (praxis), disrupting forms of domination and empowering the marginalized to be agents of transformation.
"The conversation begins, in part one, with an interrogation of evangelical missions and the grand narratives that articulate/d and legitimate/d the missionary enterprise. Part two then exposes the racial and national ideologies that configured the grand narratives. As steps toward rectifying these and other colonial/missional metanarratives, the authors in part three revision evangelical theology in a postcolonial key, and those in part four revision evangelical practices and praxis." (p. 27).
Megan and her co-author John R. Franke contributed "Recovering the Spirit of Pentecost: Canon and Catholicity in Postcolonial Perspective."
Article by Megan DeFranza | “Gender is Not a Virtue.” Perspectives: a Journal of Reformed Thought (Sept./Oct. 2015)
ARTICLE BY MEGAN DEFRANZA | “Sexuality and the Image of God: Dangers in Evangelical and Roman Catholic Theologies of the Body,” Africanus Journal 3, no. 1 (April 2011): 16-25.
ARTICLE BY MEGAN DEFRANZA | “The Proverbs 31 ‘Woman of Strength’: An Argument for a Primary Sense Translation,” Priscilla Papers 25, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 21-25.
ARTICLE BY MEGAN DEFRANZA | “The Transformation of Deception: Understanding the Portrait of Eve in the Apocalypse of Abraham, Chapter 23,” Priscilla Papers 23, no. 2 (Spring 2009): 21-28.