Thinking Anglicans

gay atheist tells Church not to change

Matthew Parris, in a bizarre article in The Times on Saturday says that the Church should not change its view on homosexuality.

Writing as a self-confessed gay atheist, Parris attempts to tell Christians what they should believe. Christians must believe something, he seems to say, and that revelation — false though he as an atheist claims it to be — is unchanging and is the only thing believers can cling on to.

It seems a most peculiar logic. Perhaps he just wants to set the Church up as an Aunt Sally, to be easily knocked down, so that he can just laugh at poor hopeless conservative Christians and their hatred of same-sex relationships, and triumphantly claim that he is right — a sort of gay equivalent of Richard Dawkins. Or perhaps he wants Christianity to be so obviously in conflict with his own worldview that he can easily dismiss it as an out of date mythology.

What’s even more surprising is that The Times presumably actually paid him to write this stuff.

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Simon Sarmiento
Simon Sarmiento
20 years ago

Wednesday’s Letters to the Editor contained an excellent response by Nick Ralph. You can read it “here”:,,2734-775958,00.html (second letter).

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