Robert A. J. Gagnon is Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and prolific author on the subject of Homosexuality and the Bible, in which he upholds the traditional Biblical position. He is also an ordained elder at a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pittsburgh.
Robert Gagnon came to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in the Fall of 1994 after a one-year position as Visiting Professor of Religion at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His main fields of interest are Pauline theology and sexual issues in the Bible. He is a member both of the Society of Biblical Literature and of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas [Society of New Testament Studies].
Robert Gagnon is the author of The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2001; 520 pgs.); co-author (with Dan O. Via) of Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003; 125 pgs.);
In addition, Gagnon has published scholarly articles on biblical studies in Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Novum Testamentum, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Horizons in Biblical Theology, and The Christian Century.
While being the most prolific writer upholding the historical/traditional Biblical position on homosexual relations, Gagnon holds to the controversial Documentary Source Hypothesis, which is usually more associated with liberal Christianity.
As a result of his work, Gagnon has been subject to much scorn, as well as some grudging respect from his opponents.