Excerpt: Mapping the Terrain for Engagement on Human Sexuality

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

The Wreck of Catholic Identity: Marriage Canon Revision in the Scottish Episcopal Church

“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”.

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; … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading