Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, is exemplary in how to bring the Christian worldview to bear on highly secularized and urbanized culture. There is hardly a hotter flash point in our cultural dialogue than sexuality, and in particular homosexuality. I think Keller represents a “best practice” approach as a model for the church.
He does avoid the highly charged “disgust” issue that Martha Nussbaum, law professor of the University of Chicago, deals with in her book From Disgust to Humanity: Sexual Orientation and Constitutional Law, a book I have spent some time with. In this book she is dealing with arguments from those such as Leon Kass, former head of President Bush’s President’s Council on Bioethics, who argue that this repugnance has an inherent “wisdom,” steering us away from destructive choices. Nussbaum’s project is to examine the “disgust factor” underpinnings as justification for legal restrictions applied to the homosexual community. The Apostle Paul might have just this factor in mind in Romans 1.
I think for Keller to have dealt with the topic in a thorough manner, he would have to deal with this. But in broad outline he presents the essential Christian response. And while doing so clearly expresses a healthy temperament for inviting conversation rather than war.