John Dwyer is a gay Episcopal priest who is married to another man. Dwyer’s book is a valuable survey of the revisionist interpretations of Genesis 19, Judges 19, Leviticus 18 and 20, Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6, and 1 Timothy 1. Dwyer makes no original contributions and produces his survey of the texts on a five-step process:
- The biblical authors know nothing of loving, monogamous same-sex relationships. Rather, sex was about power, lust and violence that stemmed from a society that devalued women.
- Sexual relationships in the 21st century are different.
- The biblical authors cannot have a Jewish worldview informed by the Tanakh, they are influenced by secular culture.
- In the passage’s context, the text is really about something else. This is typically done by only a cursory examination of the Scripture.
- Therefore, these passages are inapplicable for loving, monogamous same-sex relationships today.
Rather than provide a detailed look at how Dwyer handles each text, I’ll examine how he handles Genesis 19. His behavior here is a representative sample of what he does with each text. Dwyer says the following: