Holy Bible

Swarthmore College, a liberal university in Pennsylvania, is offering a new course next semester that will translate the Bible into queer (or LGBT-friendly) language.

The class, titled “Queering the Bible”, will be instructed by Gwynn Kessler, an associate professor of religion, according to Swarthmore’s course catalog.

The class, which is offered through the school's Religion Department, will “[introduce] students to the complexity of constructions of sex, gender, and identity in one of the most influential literary works produced in ancient times.”

The course catalog advertises, “this class destabilizes long held assumptions about what the bible–and religion–says about gender and sexuality.”

Swarthmore College’s religion department also offers “Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology,” a course that “examines feminist and queer writings about God.

“If we can point out places in traditional writings where God is nurturing, forgiving, and loving,” the course description asks, “does that mean that God is feminine, or female?”

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  • King Cakes

    Ummm no

  • my view

    chile

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    "Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female"
    _____________________________

    not here to argue religion, sexuality, gender, etc.... my question is how do you "translate" this passage into anything other than what it plainly states?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Who didn't see this coming! Child BYE!! FOH!!

  • Juslv374

    Nobody can "change" the Word of the Living God to suit their lifestyle!! I don't care who gets offended, the Bible is the truth! But hey, we'll see how that works out for those that try. God will not be mocked.

  • Phillybruh

    My partners parents didn't allow the bible in the house and he doesn't want it in ours. I mean we believe in a higher god but that book is a stretch and could never be lived up to.

  • kgirl33

    Are you in a gay relationship?

  • Carolina Bandit
  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    How does this course relate to getting a job? I would never pay for this course, it’s a waste of time and money.

  • TheOwley

    They will use the word partners. The having children part will be an issue.

  • Elevated Soul

    In the last days, "What's wrong becomes right and right becomes wrong"....

    Anyone that support left wing politics,this is your fault. In many cases,I find gays to be very disrespectful of those that believe in God...I'm not shocked that those people are trying to mess with the bible. People know right from wrong but many "want company in their wrong doing's". As it has been said,"the more the merrier"....

  • Phillybruh

    For the pasts 15 years and Married for 7. However my partners parents are heterosexual and have been married for 30 years and he has two sisters and one brother all of whom are married and apply it their households as well.

  • Realhiphopsearch

    Exactly - im married and when I get pissed off and can't stand my wife. I'm reminded by the Word let no one deceive you adulterers will not inherit the kingdom of God
    Yet these mentally Ill individuals want to get a pass

  • TheOwley

    It doesn't. This is not about education, it's about subverting Christian values. Nothing else. But if you wear a T shirt with God's name on this college, you will trigger people and send them running to their safe spaces and the dean will call you in and threaten expulsion from the college.

  • TheOwley

    This was predicted in the Bible. Things will get worse.

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    How rude is this?!! ?

  • Phillybruh

    Its a college course an elective which simply helps to fulfill the credit requirement colleges offer all kinds of electives this one is no different.

  • HTOWNPuffPuffBlockGameStrong

    DISGUSTING!

  • Tay Gee

    I won't be taking the course, but I think it's a good idea for LGBTQIA people who believe in God. If the point of being a Christian is to help bring people to Christ, I think this is a great way to start the conversation. I think the Bible can be interpreted in so many ways, so much so that both slave masters and the KKK used/use it also.

  • HTOWNPuffPuffBlockGameStrong

    Exactly! Nothing to do with education...

  • HTOWNPuffPuffBlockGameStrong

    ?????????

  • kgirl33

    Okay, I was wondering since you said "partner". I absolutely believe in a higher power. I believe the Bible is metaphorical so therefore I don't take it literal.

  • SumthinSweeter

    smh. they are doing too much.

  • RoyalLuv?

    I'm so WEAK, LMAO
    The Bible is a little queerish anyways but to have college course dedicated to it, I HAVE HEARD IT ALL. I guess Professor HimDownStairs is going to teach it, LMAO :)

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Now they down bad for this smdh ?

  • RoyalLuv?

    All jokes aside, I can't wait for the day we go back focusing on other things instead the preference of a person's sexuality. What a person do in their bedroom is their business and not mine. That's between them and who/what ever they believe in.

    To go this far with the Bible shows you that The Good Book in this day of age, have no value in people lives anymore. Makes me wonder.... is The Book of Morales really The Book of Truth???

  • Noirluv45

    "Man does not have the authority to change the will of God on any subject. We have been given severe warnings in several places in the Bible concerning any changes that we try to make to God's word. As we have already seen in Galatians 1:6-9, if we pervert the gospel by changing it, we will be accursed." This happens all the time. Have you noticed how the Bible is copyrighted? Who can copyright the Word of God? There are certain scriptures that talk about lying, fornication, homosexuality, etc, that CLEARLY says what it means and means what it says. Period.

  • stav

    Right!

    Revelation 22:18
    “I am bearing witness to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone makes an addition to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this scroll;

    God's word does not change, these heathens doing this will pay a steep price.

  • RoyalLuv?

    LOL, WELL...Swarthmore College disagree with you

  • stav

    No one wants to hear the truth when it strongly objects to the life one is living!

  • stav

    FACTS!

  • Phillybruh

    It doesn't object to my life maybe yours.

  • Noirluv45

    Well, they are disagreeing with me. I didn't write the rules. Lol!

  • Noirluv45

    THIS!!!

  • ZoraNealHurstonsNiece

    The book is not a stretch. The thing is...is that most people WANT to do whatever they want to and have it justified on a levels. Man was made to be governed by GOD. We were not made to do as we please. We were made for HIS own personal enjoyment. Worshipping night and day. And you and your friend may believe in a higher power....but you dont believe in THE higher power. You have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof...... But don't feel bad. Many are religious but they are by no means spiritual. There is a HEAVY difference.... Lastly, as

  • Phillybruh

    You were made to be governed by this book, I was not.

  • stav

    But it does object to homosexuality, which I most certainly am not.

  • stav

    Absolutely!

  • Phillybruh

    If I allowed this book to determine my worth as a person perhaps. But it does not so. I'm fairly certain you are doing something that this book takes issue with.

  • stav

    We must All carry our own load, and answer to our Creator!

  • Indies beauty

    I'm an English Literature major and you can interpret anything with a theory. I'm assuming they are using queer theory, which means they are looking for patterns where people go outside the norm.

    For example, you can analyze Spongebob with a queer lens because he is so off and doesn't confirm.

    However, when analyzing, the primary source becomes so deconstructed. There is never one true meaning. Just interpretations.

    Taking personal religion out of it, I think it would be a cool class to dissect the text with multiple theories.

  • JV

    True, you can try to see things the way you want to see them. I've taken English lit classes before and that pretty much describes them to a "t". But taken by itself it would completely distort the meaning.

  • kekeb

    Revelation 22:19
    Dangerous territory. Leave the WORD and words as they are.

  • JV

    "How does this course relate to getting a job?"
    -----
    lol welcome to the wonderful world of liberal arts degrees!

  • Indies beauty

    Exactly, without any theories your just reading words.

    Back in the days, only priest could read the bible and interpret it. Saint Thomas Aquinas actually gave us our method for interpreting, using 4 levels. This is why the Bible is interrupted that way, but there are multiple ways.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Swarthmore?...WHAT in the Harry Potter...Jesus be a HEDGE OF PROTECTION!

  • JV

    Well, I think there's different ways to interpret, but it needs to canonical, if that makes sense. One theory has to be consistent with what you'd read else where in that particular work, in this case the Bible. So I understand abstract takes on literature, but that doesn't mean in a vacuum that they're all equal if we're really trying to decipher the intended meaning.

    But if we're talking about just dissecting literature for the heck of it, then yeah, and in some cases you will discover things.

  • ZoraNealHurstonsNiece

    It's actually the law of man given by his maker...but im going to let you tell it...

  • OP2

    Newsflash: scriptures in the Bible were tampered with long ago. There are even hidden codes in the Book of Psalm for stuff from Shakespeare who was King James of England favorite poet. Hence, the KJ version of the Bible written in the 1600s to reflect Caucasian names like peter, paul & mary. -those are not Middle Eastern names. lol

    Other familiar tampers starts in the Book of Genesis where GOD talks about I, I, I did this & declare that. Further down, the pronoun is changed to We. -a different group & type of god. Emotional dummies or sheeples asleep and blinded by their emotions will not catch that.

    The Holy God has a sacred name to avoid being confused with the manipulator, liar & deceiver. Yet, folks have fell for the replacement of referring to the name of Holy GOD Almighty Creator by such simple word as lord & god. Jesus is Lord of lords. The father or author of all lies, deceit, trickery & manipulation is a type of god & lord. Hence, the word land-lord goes all the way back to lord over a land for a master.

    -a lot of tampering by folks or powerful groups in charge of printing the Bible knowing that emotional sheeples will not catch issues & errors as long as you play music, get them to shout & holler while massaging their minds with charismatic words.

    That's why they many continue to be shocked by news reports of pimps, molesters & such hiding in the pulpits. Wolves in sheeps clothing that foolish people are drawn too because of their act & attire. smh

    But, get un-brainwashed and do the rest of the research for these facts for yourself.

  • Phillybruh

    Its the law given by your maker.

  • OP2

    You do know the Bible has been tampered with many times over. Some church folks are emotionally blind which makes them too inept for catching the examples of the scriptures being tampered with. Now, Minister Farrakhan & others have already read & pointed out facts or examples of these happenings.

    You think peter, paul & mary are Middle Eastern names? King James version refer to the King who was in charge during the 1600 that wanted the Bible to be changed to where he could read it for pleasure. That included adding his favorite poet, Shakespeare, to the Book of psalm starting in Psalm 26 where letters in the spelling of his name is embedded throughout.

    Pronouns were changed from I to We and Holy God to just lord (Jesus is lord of lords). The father are all lies is also a type of lord & god (deity). -manipulating sheeples is how they have 'tricked' people into praying to a different type of god unknowingly. The Holy God has a specific name that is sacred. Yet, people don't use.

    The Bible specifically says to pray to the Holy Father in Heaven. Yet, people say dear lord. Even The Christ Jesus said he prays to The Holy Father in Heaven. -people are ridiculous and need to really need to wake up, ask for forgiveness & be mindful about a lot of tricks & deceit that has slipped into corrupted churches. ijs

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Wow. That was deep. ?

  • Noirluv45

    "Newsflash: scriptures in the Bible were tampered with long ago. " That's why I mentioned the Bible being copyrighted. One thing I will NOT do is debate the Bible w/people. I catch a lot of things, so stop being so judgmental about what people catch and what they don't catch. Also, everyone reads the Bible with their own interpretation, but that doesn't mean it's right. That's why I find it fruitless to debate it. I still stand by what I said.

  • OP2

    Um, that's why there's this article. Also, know that the pope (recently) said that he was about to change the prayer in the Bible. -copyrighted by various printers from different Protestant religions. Pick up any and see how versus differs.

    The pope just came out and said what was being done all alone by those who have the power to change the scriptures. -now the acronyms are about to rewrite the scriptures to suit their needs. It is what it is! ijs

  • OP2

    Recently, the pope said that he is about to change words in the lord's prayers because people are now wise enough to argue & figure out that the lord that it speaks of is obviously not the Holy Father. -the giveaway is 'lead us not into temptation.' Now, only one type of god or lord will lead folks into temptation. The Holy One is pure and not capable of that. --hot mess is catching up to those who tampered with the Bible.

    They are not counting on keen eyes & minds of today that are capable of examining and debating the scriptures, in parts, as if it were some policy being written and debated for law in Congress. lol

  • Indies beauty

    I agree!

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    Speaking of Harry. Does this mean Hogwarts is open for enrollment?

  • Tequila Mockingbird

    I thought Gays and Feminists don't believe in the bible? Interesting.

  • mzbestseller

    God said what He said! *in my NeNe Leakes voice*

  • Gone Too Far

    This is just disgusting. We are truly in the last days. Leave Holy scriptures alone

  • Gone Too Far

    It doesn't matter. It shouldn't be tampered with by anyone, period. What was written is final, people messing with it and adding blasphemous things to it are part of the prophecy of being added to the plague

  • Patricia

    hey, folks can make God be whatever they want in their minds. always have, always will. it doesnt change the fact that judgment is coming and Jesus isnt someone most people want to meet. they aint ready.

  • LordeAmbler

    God didnt say none of that. The bible is a fictional book

  • mzbestseller

    U have ur opinion I have mine?

  • LordeAmbler

    No i have my facts you have your opinion. Never state your opiniom as facts. ???

  • mzbestseller

    That's STILL ur opinion. When it's over we shall see. Until then have a blessed life?

  • mzbestseller

    Thank u!!! ??????

  • Cleopatra_5150

    Interesting.....I am a Sociology major that likes to deconstruct conspiracy, am about to take, "The Bible as Literature," for my English lit requirement this semester. I can easily put myself in someone's shoes, but I dunno about this one.

  • Indies beauty

    "The Bible as Literature" sounds interesting. I wonder what they will focus on... If they will look at it from a form and structure perspective or a more historic and context approach for each story.

    Lol I think you will be fine. If anything, you will gain some insight.

  • OP2

    It does matter for those of us who have standards and refuse to just accept any and every ole thing.

    Unfortunately, that lazy mentality is why so many people will be a lost flock of sheep (souls) because they accepted BS and false leaders or have no standards. Jesus has standards and so does the Almighty Holy God above all.

    There are a lot of people who have been easily manipulated into believing & repeating falsehoods (or lies) from the Bible being tampered with along with songs to reinforce the brainwashing (manipulation).

    -people need to stop being spiritual lazy and get with the true meaning of Bible studying which requires researching, analyzing and comparing the original versions versus that which is tampered with to follow truth vs the author of lies.

  • Gone Too Far

    You do not understand people tampering with the Bible could mess it up? Look at people who wrote the new international version. They took out vitals parts of the scriptures. There is nothing good about people rewriting what is already there because it’s vandalism and it will add confusion. There has never been any scrutiny or issues with what is already there, therefore people should leave it as it is

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    This is borderline (if not complete) blasphemy. Sadly, those who came up with this are continuing to "blind minds" with their rhetoric. There is no way to "queer" the Bible as it shows God's detest for that lifestyle

  • OP2

    Leave which Bible version as it is when all has been tampered with (is my point)?? The Bible is a compilation of sea scrolls & Biblical findings of history preserved that was organized chronologically by different people to hopefully tell a story. -to get to the truth, you have to be willing to look at the original version that is written in Hebrew & Greek before Latin. What we have is the interpretation from the 1600s via England via the slave owner and ruler of England King James.

    It is up to an individual to get their hands on a copy of original version of scrolls which has the interpreted English word written above it. -From there, each individual can research or look up the different phrases or Hebrew words to study the writing for themselves. Otherwise, it is simply following what other folks aka Europeans wrote and acting as if it is the original version from GOD himself. Spiritual laziness is a result of that. ijs

  • Applebootay

    EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW.....even the haters....