Articles

Enlarging marriage 13 July 2019 by Michael Sadgrove The Very Revd Michael Sadgrove, who before his retirement was Dean of Durham, has long supported equal marriage in the Church. We are very grateful to him for writing this excellent article for the Equal Campaign, demonstrating that our case is 'built on a solid theological and… ... Read more
Whatever happened to the Bible in the marriage canon debate? 28 June 2019 by Sylvia Keesmaat This is an article from the Empire Mixed website.  It is part of a series in response to the debate in the Anglican Church of Canada to changing its canons to open marriage to same-sex couples.  It is part of the increasingly strong argument for looking again… ... Read more
Evangelical Anglican disarray on same-sex marriage 26 June 2019 by Christopher Brittain Christopher Brittain is the Dean of Divinity and Margaret E. Fleck Chair in Anglican Studies at Trinity College in the University of Toronto. The following is an article in which he examines the attempts of some leading evangelical theologians to address same-sex marriage and the rise of… ... Read more
Does the Bible really… say that St Paul ‘hates gays’? 21 June 2019 by Marcus Green The Revd Marcus Green is Rector of Steeple Aston, author of The Possibility of Difference and a member of the Living in Love and Faith project. He is an evangelical writer, and this is an interesting piece. For those of us not in the evangelical tradition it… ... Read more
Anne Lister (Gentleman Jack) and equal marriage 20 June 2019 by Andrew Lightbown The Revd Andrew Lightbown is the Rector of the Winslow Benefice in the Diocese of Oxford.  He writes regularly on issues such as leadership, economics, mental health, human sexuality and the nature of the church. For many years I have enjoyed watching Sunday evening dramas on television.… ... Read more
Has ‘homosexual’ always been in the Bible? 12 June 2019 A fascinating article on translations and their influence on what the Church teaches and what Christians think.  The word 'homosexual' wasn't invented until 1869 (in German), and only entered into English translations of the Bible in 1946.  This article traces how that happened, and questions why. Ed Oxford is a… ... Read more
An Invitation to the Feast: A positive biblical approach to equal marriage 12 June 2019 by Simon Taylor This excellent article by Simon Taylor, Canon Chancellor of Derby Cathedral, is taken from Modern Believing, the journal of Modern Church.  Many of us are looking for strong arguments based firmly on Scripture and this is one of the best in an increasing field of research, study… ... Read more
Marriage, Scripture and some things to think about 12 June 2019 by Andrew Foreshew-Cain The following talk was given by Fr Andrew at the Rainbow Church event at St Stephen's, Bath on Saturday 18 May 2019. In it he looks at marriage in Scripture, approaches to reading Scripture and issues in interpretation. Thank you for the invitation to speak to you… ... Read more
Does the Bible really… give us a clear definition of marriage? 3 June 2019 by Martyn Percy The following is one of a series of articles commissioned by the Ozanne Foundation on theological and biblical reflection on issues on human sexuality. We reproduce them here with permission from the Ozanne Foundation. The original series, and other interesting pieces, can be found here. The Very… ... Read more
The lesson of equal love 22 May 2019 by Rosemary Hannah Following a first degree in theology and biblical languages from the University of St Andrews, Rosemary Hannah’s doctorate at the University of Durham was on the Victorian Third Marquess of Bute, the subject of her later published biography. For many years she was Church History Co-ordinator at… ... Read more