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Consultation on scripture and sexuality

The Church Times reports on a consultation organised by the Church of England Evangelical Council: ‘Good disagreement’ breaks out at CEEC meeting by Madeleine Davies.

..The “consultation on scripture and sexuality” was held at St James the Less, Pimlico, and organised by the Revd Dr Andrew Goddard, associate director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, and a member of the Council. There were 22 people present, invited as holders of “a variety of different views”. Before attending, they had been issued with a report commissioned by the Council from Dr Martin Davie, tutor in doctrine at Wycliffe Hall: Studies on the Bible and Same-Sex relationships since 2003. The report urges the Church to pursue “a path of radical and uncompromising discipleship” by upholding the Church of England’s “existing teaching on sexual ethics”…

Ian Paul has written about this: Good disagreement?

So has Colin Coward Church of England Evangelical Council Consultation on Scripture and Sexuality

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I think the thing to hold on to is that the dynamic of change is with the accepting position. This morning I supervised a student doing a dissertation on the growth of early Christianity. It turned out she attends Jesmond Parish Church and is going on for ministry. She said that church is now totally silent on the issue. What a contrast from recent years! She also supported full provision for those who can’t accept women priests/bishops. Another growing dynamic, it seems to me, is the acceptance of liberal pluralism. I felt heartened on both counts.

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According to Fr. Colin Coward’s report on the meeting with CEEC, Dr. Martin Davie’s presumption is that same-sex attraction is the result of humanity turning away from God and is incompatible with new life in Christ.

This, surely, needs to be vigorously challenged by those in support of LGBT people in the ongoing ‘Conversations’. Such prejudice is distinctly unhelpful to any prospect of rational understanding of the phenomenon of human sexuality. Thank God that not all Evangelicals in the Church of England think is this way.

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Much of this, I think, comes from reading Romans 1 in a particular way; one which, to be fair, is traditional, though I think it makes a hash of the author’s intent. Paul condemns the Gentiles for worshipping the creation rather than the creator — nor for departing from some “created order” but for exchanging God and idols as the object of their worship. This leads them to do all sorts of things they ought not do, including the orgies of the mystery cults (at least as Paul imagined them) — something very far indeed from modern notions of marriage… Read more »

Father Ron Smith
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Thank you, Fr. Tobias. You put the situation so very well.

Anthony Archer
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@Tobias Haller. Really helpful, thanks. Next up on my reading list is your Reasonable and Holy: Engaging Same-Sexuality. Thanks for your profound contribution to this important debate.