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The voice that breathed o'er Eden

Sir, - If the myth of creation in Genesis were a "historical account", aDuncan Reeve claims in his response to John Ruffle< href="/80256fa1003e05c1/httppublicpages/75b7ddeb4d71bc57802571950042bcf7?opendocumentLetters, 23 June), then obviously there could be no possibility ohomosexuality, fornication, or adultery before the Fall. Sexual expression foAdam and Eve would have been limited by their unique circumstances.The issues surrounding sin and sex, however, like the saying attributed tJesus (Matthew 19.4) that God made all humankind male or female, are not asimple as Mr Reeve seems to believe. That is why, if we are to be responsiblin our discipleship and we are to be taken seriously by the world, Christianhave to listen to psychiatrists, among others, in order to speak intelligentlabout human sexuality.There is no reason to suppose that psychiatrists are "probably biased" (nmore so, anyway, than some Christians); but certainly they are fallible. Salso are all interpreters of the Bible fallible. If they were not, then thewould all agree with each other, and we should not be enduring the presendivisions in the Church. But then neither would we be challenged to use ouGod-given intelligence, flawed as it is, to interpret his unchanging wilafresh for every generation.No doubt all Christians would agree with Mr Reeve that we need divinguidance to do this; but many of us would not restrict the authentic guidancof God to our own understanding of the Hebrew or the Christian scripturesChristian discipleship is more complicated and more demandin
CHRISTOPHER TOOKEY
47 Drake Road
Wells BA5 3LE

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