Reflection on our Westmont Conversation

This week Westmont conducted a sustained 'conversation' over matters of sexuality — one that had already begun and is due to continue. Scriptural content, authority, interpretation, and guidance all play parts in these matters, so this conversation is a good place to look for signs of influence from the various doctrines of scripture you have been learning about in Holcomb's Christian Theologies of Scripture. So please answer the following two-part question:

1. Where have different positions on scripture — certainly among the ones described in Holcomb, but perhaps in our other readings and elsewhere — been shaping our collegiate conversation on sexuality? What effects have these had?

2. How might doctrine on scripture better shape our conversation? In other words, how might understandings of what the Bible is and what it's for better guide us as we consider Christian sexuality?

Please keep your paper 4-5 pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my suggestions for writing papers. Before you turn it in on the day it's due, print out two copies of my peer review form to attach to it, and read the instructions on how the peer review process works.

Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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