During my reading today, I was working through Bernadette J. Brooten’s work Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism, when I ran across a statement that I thought was really quite significant, especially for those of us who have studied the thought of Cornelius Van Til.
On page 218, Brooten writes:
Paul’s promotion of the traditional gender values of the Roman world through his condemnation of same-sex love contrasts with his anxiety-provoking blurring of the boundaries between Jews and gentiles.
I found the statement by Brooten significant for two reasons. First, it is an example of an assumption that has yet to be proven, yet that is being put forward as a fact that is beyond disputation.
Second, it reveals an underlying presupposition on Brooten’s part––namely that Paul is reflecting the values of the Roman world. There is no hint of the possibility that those values were themselves part of the truth revealed by God at creation and an example of the gentiles doing the things contained in the Law by nature, which Paul mentions explicitly in Romans 2:14.