Reparative therapy has become quite the hot potato in our national conversation about homosexuality. It is a therapy that focuses on orientation change for homosexuals, and many people view it as the Christian approach to homosexuality. But is that true? Right now there are at least two perspectives on this question among conservative evangelicals. Some believe it is a valid aid in discipleship and sanctification. Others do not. Who is right?
A group of evangelical thinkers will gather next week to debate and answer that question at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta, Georgia. Robert Gagnon, the author of the most comprehensive work defending a biblical view of homosexuality, will be making the case for reparative therapy. Heath Lambert, professor and writer from Southern Seminary, will be making the case against reparative therapy. Yours truly will be weighing-in against reparative therapy as well. Then the three of us will have a panel discussion to hash out our differences.
If you plan to be in Atlanta next week for the conference, we would love to see you there at our session, which is titled “Reparative Therapy: Is It a Valid Approach to Helping Homosexuals?” We will be meeting in Room 202 at the Atlanta Hilton from 2:00-5:10pm, Tuesday, November 17. The schedule will go like this:
2:00-2:40 PM Robert Gagnon, “Why Christians Should Not Throw Reparative Therapy under the Bus”
2:50-3:30 PM Heath Lambert, “Why Reparative Therapy Is Not an Evangelical Option”
3:40-4:20 PM Denny Burk, “An Anthropological Perspective on Sin, Desire, and Sexuality”
4:30-5:10 PM Panel Discussion (moderated by Owen Strachan)
Hope to see you there.