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[German Version]

I. Religion – II. Biblical – III. Ethics – IV. Practical Theology

I. Religion

The present scientific classification of homosexuality in acts, preferences, and identity does not exist in religious documents or traditions. What these describe, and in some cases judge or condemn, is sexual acts between persons of the male sex. The presence in myths of homosexual activities between gods does not always correspond to what is sanctioned among men.

In many religions with strong patterns o…

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Carlsson, Bo Göran, Otto, Eckart, Kreß, Hartmut and Steinhäuser, Martin, “Homosexuality”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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