In Romans 1 Paul uses the "unnaturalness" of homosexual sex as an example of what happened when people foolishly worshipped nature more than nature's allegedly self-evident creator. You see the start of verses 24 and 26? "Therefore" and "For this reason," God gave them up to " the due penalty for their error." Yet you say Paul's not talking there about homosexuality or divine punishment. Can't you read? Yeah, whatever may happen in your Bible study group, it's not so easy to gaslight me.

Your quibbles ignore the central issue I raise, of course. Why would the creator of billions of galaxies care about human sexuality?

Literalistic, Americanized, wildly hypocritical Christianity "ultimately does not exist," you say. It must be nice to live in a dream world where you get to make up your beliefs, untethered to evidence, reason, or plain facts, focusing all your attention on biblical poetry and screeds that can be reinterpreted to suit any changing circumstance. It's a childlike advantage you have, isn't it?

Lots of secularists might envy you that freedom and artificial innocence, since as humanists we feel obliged to accept the facts as they are without deluding ourselves. For example, I understand that the notion that the creator of billions of galaxies would care about how humans have sex is asinine. Yet you leap to Paul's defense with your quibbles. Don't you think Jesus or a Christlike figure would have leapt instead to the defense of gay people in light of Evangelical bigotry?

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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