Ethicist Dr. Christopher Levan recently told an audience of 19 people at St. Andrew’s United Church in Sudbury, Ont., that the Bible doesn’t condemn homosexuality.

Interim contributor and Osprey Media reporter Eli Schuster noted in the Sudbury Star that Levan said that while the Bible denounces homosexual acts, it is silent on homosexuality as a sexual preference.

Levan claimed that, “Personal choice and individuality had not been invented yet, women did not appear on the scene.”

Levan said that the Bible contains merely six references to homosexual behaviour, claiming that so few references is “not enough to make a judgement.”

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah, Levan said, is merely a condemnation of “gang rape.”

According to Schuster, Levan said, “The passage in chapter 19 of Leviticus that ‘thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination,’ could have merely been a condemnation of Caananite culture, which encouraged male prostitution and fertility cults.”

Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, Levan claimed, (in Schuster’s words) “may have actually been a repudiation of pederasty and the objectification of sex, as practised between young men in search of knowledge and older teachers.”

Levan questioned objective truth and the idea that heterosexual marriage is natural. “What is normal?” he asked, taking a relativist approach by claiming “morality is something we grow and develop.”