Sunday, May 27, 2012

Roeber on Orthodoxy on same-sex unions

"At least in certain circles, Lutherans now seem to be speaking a language and preparing to 'bless' unions so foreign that the Orthodox increasingly find no way to respond. . . ."
"Orthodox anxieties about Lutheran innovations in the area of human sexuality . . . reflect the possibility that the two traditions will now be incapable of speaking to one another with even a limited vocabulary.  The disagreement about the nature of what it means to be human cannot be separated, finally, from disagreement about who God is, from arguments regarding what the church is, and finally, from how humans are to find their way, male and female, toward union with God."

     A. G. Roeber, "Untranslatable?  Orthodox-Catholic-Lutheran conversation stoppers," in Mickey L. Mattox and A. G. Roeber, Changing churches:  an Orthodox, Catholic, and Lutheran theological conversation (Grand Rapids, MI:  William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012), 195, 211.

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