With so much to read and so little time, I recently decided Commonweal was an enjoyable but not essential part of my routine and intended to let my subscription lapse. Then the June 15 issue arrived. Luke Timothy Johnson and Eve Tushnet’s exchange, “Homosexuality & the Church: Two Views,” changed my mind.
Both authors contributed intelligent, challenging examinations of a difficult issue-precisely the kind of respectful, thoughtful discussion we so badly need and so rarely have. Neither viewpoint can (or should) be easily dismissed, and I admire Commonweal for consistently recognizing that this is the case in nearly every issue that divides us. I’m renewing my subscription now: any magazine that prioritizes careful intellectual discernment over strident dogmatism is essential.
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DIALOGUE AS THEOLOGY
In her response to Luke Timothy Johnson, Eve Tushnet misconstrues Johnson’s argument and in the process offers a false choice. According to Tushnet, Johnson argues that personal...