Truth, homosexuality, Christianity: a talk with Stephen Lovatt

Click the image to listen to the No Strings podcast "The Truth About Homosexuality and Christianity."
Click the image to listen to the No Strings podcast “The Truth About Homosexuality and Christianity.”

Merely putting the words homosexuality and Christianity together creates controversy. Many people claim that homosexuality equals filth, sin, immorality, and that one can never be a Christian homosexual.

Clearly, certain texts in the Christian scriptures have over the years been used to condemn homosexuality and, with a large percentage of the world’s population being Christian, that has made things indeed difficult for LGBT persons who often suffer condemnation from people who identify as Christians.

The cover of "Faithful to the Truth" by Stephen Lovatt. (Click the image to explore and/or buy it on Amazon.com.)
The cover of “Faithful to the Truth” by Stephen Lovatt. (Click the image to explore and/or buy it on Amazon.com.)

Seeking the facts about homosexuality and Christianity, the No Strings podcasts joined up with Dr. Stephen Lovatt, a British writer of philosophy, theology and poetry, to discuss these issues from a Catholic perspective. We also used his powerful, mind-blowing book: “Faithful to the Truth: How to be an orthodox gay Catholic.”

In the interview, Lovatt said:

“In brief, the book deconstructs all the arguments made to the effect that being gay is contrary to being a Catholic. It shows that they are all based on ignorance and prejudice and that neither the Bible, nor Catholic tradition, nor any sound philosophical analysis, supports such an assertion.

“The book goes on to outline a better way of looking at ‘love, sex and friendship’ that shows how marriage is really a sacrament and one that is open to all who have a concern to grow together in holiness and love.”

The podcast also deals with these questions:

  • Did the Christian God really destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of homosexuality?
  • What is the Bible’s view of homosexuality?
  • What does the Bible say about marriage, intimacy and sex?
  • Who is a homosexual?
  • Is there anything truly wrong with being gay?

To listen to the interview, click HERE.
To get Lovatt’s book from Amazon, click HERE.

The No Strings podcasts, which can be streamed or downloaded, provide a voice for the LGBTIQ community in  Nigeria; they are the first of their kind in Nigeria. They are presented in the form of a traditional radio program that  chronicles the struggles, tells the stories, and reports on issues affecting the lives of LGBTIQ Nigerians.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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