This is an excerpt from an article by Oliver O’Donovan on livingchurch.org. The rest of the article can be read here. In the mid-twentieth century the Church of England used to attract admiration for its treatment of challenging contemporary moral issues. The form it used was the working-party Report: a small group of members with … Continue Reading
“In holding the Committee’s work up to the measure of each member of the “Anglican tripod”, we are asking how well it has succeeded in doing what it set out to do … The question our review raises is …. how to conceive and discuss new pastoral initiatives in faithfulness to the catholic Christian identity the church professes”.
An extract from Oliver O’Donovan’s latest book, “Finding and Seeking: Ethics as Theology, Volume 2”.
An important review of The Pilling Report and a similar study from the Church of Scotland
‘Good News for Gay Christians’, the seventh and last in the Fulcrum series of web sermons by The Revd Professor Oliver O’Donovan FBA, Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh The notes in the text are hyperlinked into the end notes; to return to the text, click on the end note … Continue Reading
The notes in the text are hyperlinked into the end notes; to return to the text, click on the end note number “Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God” (Romans 8:19) When the governing committee of the Church of Sweden proposed to its General Synod last year the sacramental … Continue Reading
“Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1) A discipline of biblical “hermeneutics”, ie of interpretation, has no point unless we are resolved to be obedient. That will serve as a summary of the argument of the fourth of these Sermons … Continue Reading
The notes in the text are hyperlinked into the end notes; to return to the text, click on the end note number “O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!” (Psalm 119:5) The authors of the Windsor Report thought it was unnecessary and inexact to speak of the authority of Holy Scripture; … Continue Reading
“Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3) The creed-making labour of the churches of the fourth and fifth centuries left a series of statements to measure orthodox Christian belief, but no authoritative moral concepts or norms. For the classic liberal theology of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries this feature of its … Continue Reading
Contents of the monthly Fulcrum series of seven sermons for the web by Oliver O’Donovan The Failure of the Liberal Paradigm (July 2006) “Your treaty with death will be annulled, and your pact with Sheol will not stand” (Isaiah 29:18) The Care of the Churches (August 2006) “And apart from other things there is the … Continue Reading