Outing the Bible 

The new queer theologians don't need your approval.

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When Adam finally cops to eating the fruit, he steps out from behind a tree and tells God he was afraid because he was naked. And God then asks, as only God can, "Who told you you were naked?"

"What God is asking at that point is 'Who told you to be ashamed of who you are?'" Johnson said. "'Why are you hiding yourselves? Why are you covering up the way I created you? I created you for intimacy. I created you for delight in each other and with me. '"

To follow Johnson's reading, this rupture of divine intimacy in Genesis is played out again and again throughout the Bible, even though all God wants is communion with his beloved. Until finally God is forced to take decisive action, healing that rift by making his desire incarnate in the body of Jesus Christ.

After retelling the creation story, Johnson had to rush off. The previous evening, President Bush had all but endorsed the idea of a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. Johnson had a meeting to attend and a press release to get out. Obviously, he had his work cut out for him.


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