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

LLF for Dummies: 10 FAQs about the Church of England’s new teaching and learning resources on identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage

Note from the author: For over three years I’ve had the privilege of being a consultant on the Co-Ordinating Group of Living in Love and Faith (LLF) which released its work on 9th November. It’s been a fascinating, often challenging, but overall positive experience. I’ve been asked by Fulcrum to respond to some questions about … Continue Reading

Bill Love, TEC and same-sex marriage: implications

This article first appeared on Psephizo. Following my previous post which explored the Hearing Panel ruling on Bishop Bill Love and the background to it, this article seeks to begin exploring some of its implications and possible consequences. Bishop Love has already written to his diocese and initially appears unlikely to appeal despite noting the significance of the judgment’s … Continue Reading

Hope Under Judgement: A reflection on theology and race after the killing of George Floyd

I feel a distinct uneasiness as I attempt to write some reflections on the brutal killing of George Floyd and the subsequent events. It’s an uneasiness borne of the tension in accepting that sheer silence represents a failure to reckon with what is and has been happening, yet knowing ahead of time that words will … Continue Reading

Wittgenstein, Newspapers and Theology: different types of truth

A paper based on Stephen Godsell’s transcript, delivered at the 33rd “Beer and Theology” session in November 2019. Introduction What is truth (as Pilate famously asked of Jesus when he appeared before him)? What do we mean when we say that something is true; and how do we test or measure a claim that something … Continue Reading

Evangelical and Affirming?: A Conversation with Three Davids

A short version (including links to the more detailed discussions) of a dialogue with “affirming evangelicals” David Gillett, David Atkinson and David Runcorn arguing that they present three distinct (and at time incompatible) approaches in their support of same-sex unions or marriage. Their arguments open up a range of wider questions that, if wrestled with, might encourage us all to think in fresh ways, help to clarify the nature and significance of disagreements, and even lead to greater understanding, respect and perhaps greater consensus emerging.