Moreover, given that Paul treats homosexuality as a purity issue in Romans 1, Paul’s own attitude toward purity becomes crucial. It is most clearly expressed later in Romans: “I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean/impure in itself” (Romans 14:14). For my own treatment of homosexuality as a purity issue and the subversion of the purity system by Jesus and the early Christian movement, see chapter three of Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (Harper San Francisco, 1994), esp. pp. 50–59.