Top critical review
June 6, 2003
What can I say of Joe Dallas? Obviously he is an excellent writer and wordsmith! However, great wordsmith or not, Dallas' book, A Strong Delusion, IMHO, represents his own self-"delusion."
Dallas' book is written with the presumption that the Bible "clear" in its alleged anti-gay stance. He does not cover all angles and the book is out-dated since newer essays refute the anti-gay view.
Dallas' excellent presentation of his views are all too often perverted by his pseudoscientific arguments coupled with an obvious outdated mind frame of pro-gay theology.
For example, Dallas, following Wright, assumes that Paul derived the much disputed word arsenokoitai from the LXX of Leviticus 20:13. This approach strains Dallas' own credibility since the LXX refutes the anti-gay interpretation of Jude 6-7, which, of course, Dallas tries, unsuccessfully, to defend. Even if Dallas were correct about Paul's derivation of arsenokoitai (which is highly questionable), he fails to take into account how most scholars interpret Leviticus 18-20.
In my view, I think this work should be reviewed by anyone interested in the topic.