Woodyard, Kerith M.
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)
Department of Communication
In 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) decided to allow homosexuals in lifelong monogamous relationships to serve as Clergy. This decision upset many members of the organization, leading to the formation of the Lutheran Coalition for Reform (CORE) Church. Using the research method of rhetorical analysis, this paper analyzes the arguments of both organizations and compares them to the Bible, in order to determine the validity of both arguments, ultimately determining that both sides are entitled to interpret the Bible in the way they choose, meaning that the ELCA was biblically justified in making its decision despite the continuing protestations of the Lutheran CORE.
Heatherly, Neal, "Homosexuals in the Clergy: Biblical Perspectives on the Ongoing Debate" (2011). Honors Capstones. 611.
Northern Illinois University
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