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Analytic Perspectives: Culture Wars

The LGBT inclusion struggle at General Conference 2000 demonstrates, as a 1996 delegate said, that with regard to homosexuality “the church appears to be polarized into two camps, separated by a continental divide. [There] appears to be no middle ground; everything fl ows to one side or the other.”1 This chapter and the following three assess several different analytic perspectives in order to make sense of both the delegate’s observation and the inclusion struggle, particularly given the latter’s high-stakes nature for inclusionists and evangelicals alike.