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christianity & homosexuality

2004-12-07 21:20:27.284388+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Wow: U.K. evangelical Christian organization has radical change of heart on "curing" homosexuality:

After ten years, however, six spent running residential discipleship courses, followed by years of weekly group meetings, it was increasingly clear that however repentant people were, and however much dedication and effort they put into seeking change, none were really ‘successful’ in the long term in ‘dealing with the deeper issues’. This is not to say that people gained no benefit! Many matured greatly. A few married (though their same-sex attractions remain an ongoing issue for them). But the kind of change everyone really hoped for – to re-orientate and reach a point where their struggle with being gay was over – remained elusive. We never saw the fruit we longed for.

(Thanks to Respectful of Otters who got it from Roz Kaveney.)

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-07 21:41:39.448923+00 by: Diane Reese

A careful reading of the citations shows that this change of heart began in 2001, and that the article linked to was most recently modified in Nov. 2003. I'm glad to read this, but am curious what caused it to sound like new-news to someone just now.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-07 21:51:34.762459+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, actually I think it goes back a year further than that. Not necessarily new news, but new to me. And on a mailing list I'm on there's some discussion of sex, nudity, and Christianity, so such things are on my radar right now.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-07 22:00:25.143264+00 by: petronius

Perhaps the British are just more resistant pooftas than their American cousins. And the line about "the fruit we longed for" seems a bit much.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-07 22:07:45.800099+00 by: susan

One would think Christians would have learned a lesson with regards to longing for fruit, even in general.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-12-08 15:49:42.686872+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oh, wait, Diane, I just got what you were really asking. I don't have enough history with Roz Kaveney to know if this was just something that popped up in random web browsing, or whether there was some meta-mechanism at work.