Calvin College Chimes

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It is unclear to me what, precisely, the authors of “Thoughts on Nashville” hoped to achieve. If it was dialogue, as they suggest in replies on the website to Peterson and Kuilema, they have successfully managed to shut further discourse down. By stating quite clearly that the Nashville Statement is aimed at the betterment of LGBTQ persons, they functionally manage to gaslight the entire queer community. Instead of trying to listen, consider the insights of queer theologians, and engage ethically, they redundantly express what all queer Christians have heard their entire lives: Welcome, but not really. I would encourage the authors, Luebke and Karel, to opt for a position of epistemic humility instead of siding with a statement about the bodies of marginalized persons uncritically.

Jonas Weaver

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