Author Archive | Oliver O’Donovan

Good News for Gay Christians – Web Sermon 7

‘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 […]

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Hermeneutic Distance – Web Sermon 5

“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 […]

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Scripture and Obedience

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; […]

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Ethics and Agreement

“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 […]

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The Failure of the Liberal Paradigm

‘The Failure of the Liberal Paradigm’, the first in a series of seven ‘Sermons on the Subject of the Day’ by The Revd Canon Professor Oliver O’Donovan FBA, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford and a Canon of Christ Church. “Your treaty with death will be annulled, and your pact with […]

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