Dr. Robert

A. J. Gagnon

Associate Professor of New Testament

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


New Material on This Site (Click here and scroll down)

  • Videos on the Duck Flap and on The Bible and Homosexual Practice

  • Presbyterian Hymnal Committee Controversy

  • An Open Letter to a Young Ministry Leader

  • Video: The Truth about Grace: A 2012 Restored Hope Network Conference Talk

  • Exodus on a Collision Course with Jesus

  • Video: "Rise from the Dead or Play Dead? Christians and the Public Debate on Homosexual Practice"

  • Does Leviticus Only Condemn Idolatrous Homosexual Practice? – An Open Letter to Justin Lee; Plus Rejoinder

  • Entries "Baptism," "Cross," and "Lord's Prayer" in The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

  • Why We Know That the Story of Sodom Indicts Homosexual Practice Per Se

  • Divorce and Remarriage-After-Divorce in Jesus and Paul: A Response to David Instone-Brewer

  • New email correspondence (here)



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  Last Updated: 12/22/13


Robert A. J. Gagnon is Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He came to PTS in the Fall of 1994 after a one-year position as Visiting Professor of Religion at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His main fields of interest are Pauline theology and sexual issues in the Bible. He is a member both of the Society of Biblical Literature and of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas [Society of New Testament Studies]. He is also an ordained elder at a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pittsburgh. He is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001; 520 pgs.); co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003; 125 pgs.); and, as a service to the church, provides a large amount of free material on the web dealing with Scripture and homosexuality. In addition, he has published scholarly articles on biblical studies in Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Novum Testamentum, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Horizons in Biblical Theology, and The Christian Century. He is also author of article-length encyclopedia entries in Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Baker/SPCK), New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics (IVP), Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology (Oxford University Press), and Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Wiley-Blackwell). In addition, he has been quoted in, or has written for, the New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, U.S. News and World Report, Christianity Today, Christian Century, and other news outlets and popular magazines.

For a partial curriculum vitae of Dr. Gagnon go here.

To contact Dr. Gagnon send an e-mail to: gagnon@pts.edu or call (412) 924-1416. If you would like to be included on his mailing list and notified once a month or so regarding new materials on his website, e-mail Dr. Gagnon with the request.

As with the websites of other PTS faculty members, the views expressed on this website are the faculty member's own and make no claim to representing the official views of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.



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Homosexuality, Marriage, and the Church

New Article: "The Scriptural Case for a Male-Female Prerequisite for Sexual Relations: A Critique of the Arguments of Two Adventist Scholars," pp. 53-161,

in Homosexuality, Marriage, and the Church: Biblical, Counseling, and Religious Liberty Issues (eds. R. E. Ganes, N. P. Miller, and H. P. Swanson; Berrien Springs, Mich.: Andrews University Press, 2012), xviii, 576 pages.


This 109-page article grew out of a Seventh-day Adventist conference held at Andrews University in 2009. The article was more or less completed in Summer 2010, with minor changes made in 2012. I consider the article to be my most up-to-date mid-length treatment of the subject of Scripture and homosexuality at the present time. Although I interact with two Adventist scholars the issues raised are the same ones raised in all the mainline denominations. So while the article appears in an Adventist publication the article's content is applicable in any Christian venue where the issue of the Bible and homosexual practice is discussed.


For online links to audio or video presentations by Dr. Gagnon on the Bible and homosexuality click:

  • here for an hour video on the Bible and Homosexual Practice at a Mere Anglicanism Conference (1/10)

  • here (go to the drop-down menu on the left and click "Marriage and the Bible") for a 50-minute video on Jesus' teaching about love and on Paul's teaching about homosexual practice in Romans 1:24-27; Ruth Institute, 8/9/09

  • here for a 58-minute audio on Jesus on sex and love; Ruth Institute, 8/13/10

  • here for a 55-minute audio on the secular case against homosexual practice and Paul's teaching on homosexual practice; Ruth Institute, 8/14/10

  • here for a 28-minute video on the Bible and homosexual practice; Pure Passion Ministry, 5/09/08

  • here for an 83-minute video on why the church disagrees about homosexual practice, the true meaning of love, what is at stake, the proper use of analogies, and what the Bible finds wrong about homosexual practice; Pure Passion Ministry, 5/10/08

  • here for a 72-minute video on Paul's view on homosexual practice, incl. both Rom 1:24-27 and 1 Cor 6:9; Pure Passion Ministry, 5/10/08

  • here for a 76-minute video on Paul and sexual orientation theory in antiquity; Jesus on sex and love; and the Old Testament witness on homosexual practice; plus Q&A; Pure Passion Ministry, 5/10/08

For the last 3 videos you may have to sign up for the service but the sign up is free. The last 3 videos can be purchased (along with a 72-minute CD on the importance of sexual ethics in the New Testament) for $35 plus $7 shipping and handling by clicking here or going to http://www.purepassion.us/OnlineStore.asp . Also available: The three DVD presentations above on CD, along with the extra CD above, for $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. To order click here or go to http://www.purepassion.us/OnlineStore.asp . If you live outside the U.S. you must order by phone. Call 1-615-507-4166. The DVD set is in NTSC form, which works in North America and a few other regions.  I believe that Europe uses PAL format and this DVD set won't work on that format. However, Europeans who have DVD machines that will play both formats can play these DVDs. (Note: Dr. Gagnon receives no royalties from the sales of these DVDs and CDs.)




To order a copy of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Nashville: Abingdon, 2001; 520 pp., paperback, list $43), at 34% off (down to $28.44) plus free shipping, click on the image below, which will take you to Amazon.com.


If you prefer to order by phone or mail, and/or to do business with a Christian retail outfit, you can order the book from Christianbook.com, 1-800-247-4784, for a 25% discount plus shipping charge. Click here if you prefer a mail order form.

For a list of endorsements go here for pdf and here for html. For responses to critiques go here A comprehensive treatment of the subject.




To order a copy of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (co-authored with Dan O. Via; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003; 127 pp., paperback, list $15), at 22% off, for only $11.70 (and free shipping, if combined with other orders totaling over $25), click on the image below.


If you prefer to order by phone or mail, and/or to do business with a Christian retail outfit, you can order the book from Christianbook.com, 1-800-247-4784, for a 15% discount plus shipping charge. Click here if you prefer a mail order form.

For endorsements go here for pdf and here for html.

In this book I provide a 52-page, updated synthesis of some of the key arguments of The Bible and Homosexual Practice. Dan O. Via, professor emeritus of New Testament at Duke University, contributes a 39-page essay that attempts to make a "biblical" case for supporting homosexual unions. Via and I each contribute a 6-page response to the other's essay.

Both my essay and response have note numbers that key in to online notes, here for pdf and here for html. Also online is a substantial rejoinder to Via's response, here for pdf and here for html;  as well as an expanded bibliography of important works on both sides of the issue (pdf and html).