Queer Sects in Patristic Commentaries on Romans 1:26-27: Goddess Cults, Free Will, and "Sex Contrary to Nature"?

@article{Townsley2013QueerSI,
  title={Queer Sects in Patristic Commentaries on Romans 1:26-27: Goddess Cults, Free Will, and "Sex Contrary to Nature"?},
  author={J. Townsley},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Religion},
  year={2013},
  volume={81},
  pages={56-79}
}
  • J. Townsley
  • Published 2013
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of the American Academy of Religion
This article provides evidence that Romans 1:26b–27 was interpreted by the early Christian church as a reference to the sexual practices of the goddess cults, and was used as an attack on polytheistic religions, not a reference to homosexuality. I clarify the rhetorical usefulness of the goddess cults for the early church in making the antipolytheistic case in relation to the Patristic contrast between free will and determinism. While the early church did not originally interpret Romans 1:26b… Expand
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