Newsweek Challenges Bible Interpretation

NEWSWEEK DECEMBER 15 COVER

Newsweek turns Bible on its head by Al Mohler

Newsweek magazine, one of the most influential news magazines in America, has decided to come out for “same-sex marriage” in a big way, and to do so by means of a biblical and theological argument. In its latest cover story, “The Religious Case for Gay Marriage,” Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller offers a revisionist argument for the acceptance of “same-sex marriage.” It is fair to say that Newsweek has gone for broke on this question.

Miller begins with a lengthy dismissal of the Bible’s relevance to the question of marriage in the first place. “Let’s try for a minute to take the religious conservatives at their word and define marriage as the Bible does,” Miller suggests. If so, she argues that readers will find a confusion of polygamy, strange marital practices and worse.

Newsweek draws fire on gay marriage

Lisa Miller’s cover story argues that the Bible’s lessons on marriage are ambiguous and lack the prescriptive clarity some ascribe to them.

“Religious objections to gay marriage are rooted not in the Bible at all, then, but in custom and tradition,” Miller writes. “The Bible was written for a world so unlike our own, it’s impossible to apply its rules, at face value, to ours.”

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