Are Loren Johns comments balanced or biased?

It seems to me that it is very difficult to present any Scripture commentary on any supercharged subject like homosexuality without bias. Yet, it seems to me that Loren Johns does make a balanced presentation. His study does leave me wondering about his conclusions as to whether or not God blesses homosexual unions.

You can find the study by clicking Loren Johns Study

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5 Responses to “Are Loren Johns comments balanced or biased?”
  1. storifs says:

    I believe Loren Johns actually did a very good job of presenting both sides equally without bias. But when I read his study, I find it one sided, because that is where my heart is. Most readers already have strong beliefs on this topic. So, I guess, I wonder if the readers can actually read it without bias? Were you all able to?

  2. kmgibbons75 says:

    I appreciate Loren Johns comments and need a little more time to mull them over!

  3. danab2014 says:

    I have not yet taken the opportunity to read all of the commentary presented by Loren Johns. So far, I have read only his commentary on Genesis 19 and on the two Leviticus passages. I think he does present both sides of the argument. This seems valuable! However, when commenting on the Leviticus passages, I am troubled by him writing that Jesus “rejects” and “condemns” the purity codes of Leviticus and Deuteronomy. I know of a couple of instances where Jesus seems to defy or reject some but not all of the purity codes. I wonder what leads Dr. Johns to write that Jesus rejects and condemns these codes. I think most of us still uphold many, but not all, of the purity codes.

    Because Loren Johns places this commentary last in the set of columns, it seems to cancel out the significance of what is written in the second column. Perhaps, if it was written with the second and third columns reversed, it might seem biased in the other direction.

  4. mininger1 says:

    Hello Friends;
    Regarding bias and how we contribute/listen to this conversation, I’m reminded of a quote by Oscar Wilde that i just think is so profound. Being a Playwright he is quoted to have said, “When you are writing dialogue, you must give the best lines to those with whom you disagree most.”
    How do we do this in this conversation?
    For what it’s worth, I think Oscar Wilde was gay. Perhaps that’s beside the point but could that experience in his time be one of the reasons he embodied the above quote?
    I’m grateful to be associated with each of you no matter what you think on the issue at hand!
    Phil Mininger

  5. I think Loren John did a good job, and I don’t see bias in his presentation. In order to point out bias one would have to show that the arguments he presents for one of the positions are not the best ones available. If that is not the case, then any one-sidedness in the study must be a result of one-sidedness in the Bible. That would make the next step in deciding the morality of homosexuality to be looking at our views of inspiration. I used to believe inerrancy, but doubt it now; therefore I was certain before that homosexual behaviour was sin, but now could be convinced otherwise with sufficient reasons. Personally, I don’t much care what people do in private, so I’m probably as close to unbiased as anyone.

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