The Missing 800 lb. Gorilla: How the New Testament Devalues Reproduction as a Sexual Value

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BRONX, NEW YORK.  STEPHEN PARELLI.  DECEMBER 12, 2013.  On Monday, November 25, 2013, at the Baltimore, Maryland, LGBT/Queer Hermeneutics Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, James E. Miller presented a paper on the disconnect between sex and procreation in the New Testament as part of a book panel that critiqued William R. G. Loader’s “The New Testament on Sexuality.”

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Jim Miller delivering his paper "The Missing 800 lb. Gorilla"

Jim Miller delivering his paper
“The Missing 800 lb. Gorilla”

Along with James E. Miller, panelists were Ben Duning of Fordham University, Robert Gagnon of Pittsburg Theological Seminary, Tom Hanks of Other Sheep, and David Tabb Steward of California State University. Each panelist presented a paper, with Miller, Gagnon, Hanks and Steward each discussing a marked discrepancy they had with one or more of Loader’s findings.  Loader concluded the session by addressing objections raised.

Miller objected to Loader’s failure to find in more than two New Testament texts (both Pauline) the disconnect between sex and procreation.  Miller asserted that this disconnect is found in so many texts from a variety of New Testament authors that the subject matter (of the disconnect between sex and procreation in the New Testament) “should be a part of any course on New Testament 101, not to mention any study on New Testament sexuality.”  Miller calls this “the missing 800 lb. gorilla in Loader’s book,” something not to be overlooked!

Jim Miller, panelist.  LGBT/Queer Hermeneutics Section, SBL.  Baltimore, MD. November 2013

Jim Miller, panelist. LGBT/Queer Hermeneutics Section, SBL. Baltimore, MD. November 2013

Miller’s paper “attempts to demonstrate a negative proposition, that New Testament sexuality has no place for procreation as a sexual value, and this disconnect is to be found across the range of New Testament texts.”

You can read his paper in full – The Missing 800 Pound Gorilla – by clicking here.

Other Sheep has additional writings by James E. Miller on the Bible and human sexuality.  Miller, an independent scholar, is a long-time personal friend of Rev. Dr. Thomas Hanks and Other Sheep.

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