Comments: Sexuality and Anglican Identities

As a former Professor of Anatomy who taught embryology to generations of medical students in Nottingham, Dublin and Derby, I'm struck by the absence of developmental and evolutionary zoologists in these discussions. If theology does not fit biology, then theology needs to change. Or perhaps Anglicans are biologically different from other primates (apes not archbishops).

Posted by Fr William at Tuesday, 17 January 2017 at 5:38pm GMT

Don't blame them too hard, Fr William, those conversations on sex, boring as they are, are a convenient distraction from the really challenging stuff. I'm still waiting for theologians to come to grips with the fact that death did not enter the world because of human sin or that the systematic destruction of the weakest and meekest over aeons is the method a loving creator should have built in his creations or the emergence of humankind. The church has stopped listening to hard science for centuries.

Posted by Lorenzo at Wednesday, 18 January 2017 at 9:49am GMT

Very good, Lorenzo. Last week I heard intercessions asking the Lord to encourage scientists to develop new antibiotics. I felt so sorry for the microorganisms that would be zapped. After all, they are God's creatures too.

Posted by Fr William at Wednesday, 18 January 2017 at 5:34pm GMT

yes, it's a little difficult to see how sexual dimorphism can be considered a divinely imposed requirement for coupling and marriage as well as being an evolutionary adaptation. If learned theologians want to go with the former and not the latter, they'll have to explain the divine reasoning behind such glories as parasitism, mass extinction, predation on the weakest as a condition of the mergence of higher forms of life such as the aforementioned sexually dimorphic ones... please invite biologists and geneticists.

Posted by Lorenzo at Thursday, 19 January 2017 at 10:02am GMT

Humans with external genitalia of one sex, internal of another. Rare but it does happen, Or those with chromosomal sex that differs from physical, Or those with one testis and one ovary, And what about penile congenital anomalies such as hypospadias, quite common, which is in some degree a reversion towards the default position - female. How do the bishops intend to define male and female? Will they be inspecting genitalia? Thomas Harris in Conclave is on to this. All good fun.

Posted by Fr William at Thursday, 19 January 2017 at 11:36am GMT

In other words, leaders in the church, like the majority (LCD?) of humanity, take the easy answer so they can feel like they have God in their pockets and no need to ever change, adapt or struggle.

Posted by MarkBrunson at Friday, 20 January 2017 at 11:24am GMT
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