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But, unlike many divisive U. Breaking down barriers is what Yancey was doing last weekend in Victoria at Epiphany Explorationswhere more than evangelical-to-liberal Christians gathered for four days of talks and performances at First Metropolitan United Church. He began by venturing into the recent furore over his decision to speak to a national conference of gay and lesbian Christians.

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Yancey is appalled that U. In Britain and Australia, he says by contrast, evangelicals often lead on social-justice campaigns. Wary of understandable stereotypes about born-again Christians, Yancey was a longtime advocate of Christian anti-poverty projects in Chicago, and is trying to walk a new line on the wedge issue of homosexuality. Bloggers are also calling the influential magazine that has long run his columns, Christianity Today, to cut all ties with him.

Yet he is clear about saying he has gay Christian friends.

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And he goes so far as to declare: The last thing he wanted to do was go to the Gay Christian Network event to judge people. Rather than descending into name-calling, Yancey maintains the Bible contains the arguments against the existence of God that have been raised by atheist writers Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. To its credit, the Bible has a wide enough perspective, says Yancey, to incorporate such existential debates.

In the name of promoting further interaction between camps, Yancey says the evangelical community in the U. In turn, he astutely said liberal Christians could learn from the way the large, well-off evangelical community adapts quickly to cultural trends. Especially pervasive on the West Coast, spiritual-but-not religious people may identify with the three main Philip yancey homosexuality and christianity Yancey took back to God after rejecting fundamentalism.

In his presentation at the Victoria church rightYancey filled video "Philip yancey homosexuality and christianity" in the large sanctuary with luscious photos of his treks into the Rocky Mountains surrounding their home in Evergreen, Colo. Indeed, he made it to the top of three of the awe-inspiring mountains after breaking vertebrae in his neck in a car accident. But with a smile he bluntly declares: Inspired by his brother, a pianist, Yancey found a Philip yancey homosexuality and christianity route to the sacred through Schubert, Bach and Beethoven left.

But what does romantic love have to do with God, especially in an era when psychotherapists warn people about the illusions that take hold of people in the first stages of sexual attraction? Those of us who are Christian think it is the essence of the universe, that God is love.

And that is the central Christian message: God loved the world. It would be hard to find many Christians — whether evangelical, liberal Protestant, Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox — who would disagree with Yancey when he adds:. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.

I find it reprehensible that anyone would try to tar the entire Christian right with it, just as it is reprehensible to tar all fundamentalist Muslims with the actions of radical Islamic terrorists.

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