adelphopoesis: ancient christian same sex unions

I’m going to copy paste a post on same sex civil unions that existed for a thousand years in the Church before history was washed. I haven’t investigated it much but it’s still interesting.


“Christians today believe the canon condemns homosexuality consistently and the church has been against throughout it’s whole history. But modern scholarship has brought this view into question. In Romans, homosexuality is called “impure” and “unnatural”. Paul then demolishes the jewish idea of purity and sees it as being worthless and not part of Christian life. Why would it matter to us? Not only that, but the word translated as “unnatural” did not have a negative connotation in the Greek language at that time. It was a stoic philosophical term and just meant “atypical”. The word “arsenokoitai” has an unknown meaning we can’t easily find. It is used various ways throughout the patristic era.

In church history, condemnations of homosexuality among the fathers are few and far between. It is not condemned as much as one would expect if the church consistently saw it as “intrinsically disordered” as the modern church would like to say. Not only that, “In 7th century Visigoth Spain, a series of six national church councils refused to support the ruler’s legislation against homogenital acts. By the 9th century, almost every area in Christian Europe had local law codes, including detailed sections on sexual offenses; none outside of Spain forbade homogenital acts.”

https://www.dignityusa.org/page/frequently-asked-questions

It is a common opinion among scholarship that there was a rite for the uniting of gay couples in the church. This is referred to adelphopoesis. The church likes to call this ‘fraternization”. Frankly this is wish thinking from the point of view of the modern scholar. The word for “brothers” in the book was ancient term used to refer to one’s male lover and this has been widely attested to in Latin and Greek literature. It was a ritual forbidden to monks. It came about at the same time marriage ceremonies did, and it looks very similar to one. The service for the ritual has a line saying “may they be united more in spirit than in flesh”. A rudder from the 1600s says it is for “carnal” purposes, and modern albanians still see the ritual as being for that. There are all kinds of clues which bring this view into question.

Largely modern condemnations of homosexuality come from 11th century theology onward. This isn’t something that existed for the first thousand years of church history, and now it is treated as something that existed in apostolic tradition. This theology is bogus and ought not be preached in any church”

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