University of Pacific's Alumni house opened to the public this Wednesday to host a discussion on "What does it mean to sexualize Jesus?"
It was advertised as centralizing around a newly found piece of papyrus know known tentatively as "The gospel of Jesus' wife" and to discuss matters of ethics, religion, and scholarship which would arise from this new finding.
There were some qualms over the intention of this discussion, with some crying controversy and intentional offense towards Christians. However, it was what any college student would expect: a lecture and panel discussion between 3 professor with open questions at the end.
Those attending the discussion varied in age group, and beliefs with Atheists, Christians, middle-aged, and college-aged gathered around. The crowd listened attentively and respectfully as each professor raised topics ranging in manuscript reliability to the potential offense that could be taken by discussing the possibility of Jesus being a sexual human.
Jokes and quips were welcomed with a warm laugh through the audience, without a single disgruntled sound to be heard. Although the mediator seemed to have to pretense his invitation for open questions with an admonishment to keep the questions focused and void of "preaching," no one seemed inclined to do so.
All inquirers held to the spirit of scholarship and curiosity without any apparent offense taken or expressed. Hopefully, the panel raised much needed questions about how we think about sexuality, ethics, and religion. Furthermore, I hope it opened many to discuss their beliefs and the reasons for them, delving deeper than feelings and experiences and into the texts and their logical interpretations and credibilities.