Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon joined the faculty at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1994. He received his bachelor’s from Dartmouth College, his M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and his doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. His main fields of interest are Pauline theology and sexual issues in the Bible. He is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Abingdon, 2001), co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (Fortress, 2003), and author of a number of articles in scholarly journals including Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Novum Testamentum, Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, and Horizons in Biblical Theology. He and his wife, Carol, have two daughters.
Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Dr. Robert Gagnon is the modern church’s foremost biblical scholar on the issue of Christian faith and homosexuality. That his book The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics is the most impressive and comprehensive study ever attempted has been attested by scholars from some of the most recognized universities in the United States and Europe.
“I know of no comparable study of the texts and interpretive debates that surround homosexual behavior. . . . Gagnon’s approach to the issue grasps the complexity of the debate, and does so with much compassion,” commented Max L. Stackhouse, Stephen Colwell Professor of Christian Ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary. James Barr, Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University said, “This is a brilliant, original, and highly important work, displaying meticulous biblical scholarship, and indispensable even for those who disagree with the author.” And Martii Nissinen, Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Helsinki and author of Homoeroticism in the Biblical World, noted, “In its learnedness, his book will without doubt be in the vanguard of its position and cannot be ignored in the future debate even by proponents of discordant views.”
Dr. Gagnon followed up that first book by co-authoring Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views, with Dan O. Via. He has long been an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and travels widely to speak not only on sexual issues in the Bible but also on other topics of Pauline theology, especially those addressed in the New Testament book of Romans.
Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (co-author with Dan O. Via; Fortress, 2003)
The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Abingdon, 2001)
“The Two Shall Become One Flesh: Reclaiming Marriage,” Evangelicals and Catholics Together (March 2015)
“Why San Francisco’s City Church is Wrong About Sex,” First Things (March 17, 2015)
“How the Supreme Court Abolished Article V of the Constitution,” The American Spectator (Aug. 14, 2015)
“How Should Christians Respond to the Transgender Phenomenon?” First Things (Oct. 16, 2015)