Recent church debates about sexuality have involved disagreement about their relationship to the global church. Some critics of the movement for LGBTQ inclusion in church membership, ministry, and marriage describe it as a Western phenomenon that further isolates Western churches from other Christians. On the other hand, proponents of inclusion have sometimes charged that current Christian sexual categories are a product of the same colonialism that has disfigured and divided the global church. In this course we will examine conflicting arguments over the historical and theological origins of Christian sexual ethics, giving special attention to colonial and mission histories.
Instructor: Jamie Pitts, PhD