The Gospels of Conditional and Unconditional Love

I stayed in Cambridge last week with a gay priest friend who recommended Jeremy Young’s book The Cost of Certainty: How religious conviction betrays the human psyche (2004, DLT, ISBN 0232525803). My copy arrived yesterday and reading the first four pages has given me material for a timely blog. Young expresses succinctly the Gospel as […]

Prejudice in the Church and why gay clergy tolerate hypocrisy

Yesterday I wrote about some of the parallels between the experience of women and LGB&T people in the Church of England having read Maggi Dawn’s recently published book Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women bishops and the Church of England. Maggi identifies flourishing as a quality obviously desired by God for humankind. It is […]

Anxiety over women bishops – where is faith in God’s infinite, loving presence?

I’m preparing to leave for the annual residential meeting of the Changing Attitude trustees, being held this year in North Reddish, between Manchester and Stockport, in the parish where trustee Clive is incumbent. The annual residential enables us to reflect on the past 12 months and from there, address the needs of next year focused […]

Existential angst and conservative Christian obsession with homosexuality

Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science column in the Saturday Guardian is one of my regular reads. This weekend he wrote about a study of intelligent design which shows that it is more likely to be rated highly if people are made to think about death. Intelligent design implies a reassuring universe. It is existential angst that […]