This article offers a description and discussion of the contours of theological ethics
of human sexuality, with regard to homosexuality. In the first part of the article, the
topic of homosexuality is discussed within the larger historical development of the
concept of human nature in the broader tradition of the church. Here special attention
is paid to the views of Philo of Alexandria, St. Augustine and St. Aquinas, showing
that the right and wrong of the sexual act were judged in terms of the procreative
potential of the act. In the second part of the article, I propose a reformed perspective
with regard to sexual ethics. This is done by a re-reading of the concept of human
nature, by removing it from the traditional Roman Catholic “nature-grace” paradigm
of salvation and re-reading it in terms of the reformed paradigm of “creation (law)-singospel”.
I argue that behind this paradigm shift, there is a movement from an ontology
of being to an ontology of relationality and that this implies a move from procreation
as the foundation of sexual ethics to the seeking of erotic justice in all our intimate
relationships as a basis for sexual ethics.