About a presentation & interview by Matthew
Reactions by conservative Christians.
Matthew Vines, 22, is a gay Christian who is a student at Harvard University. He believes that being gay is not a sin. In a BBC interview he said: "There is no contradiction between being Christian and being gay."
He has studied the Bible, concentrating on its six "clobber" passages. These are passages that are commonly interpreted by the Roman Catholic hierarchy and conservative Protestants as condemning all same-gender sexual behavior, irrespective of the participants' sexual orientation and relationship status. He has studied biblical analyses by dozens of scholars. He has concluded that the Bible is silent on loving, committed same-sex relationships, but that other topics on love, justice, and caring point towards the need to accept persons who are members of sexual minorities and their relationships. He is attempting to convince fellow Christians of the correctness of his conclusions.