LGBTI Christian theological resources

A challenge was issued on the Changing Attitude Facebook group – where is the Christian theology that presents authoritative teaching from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex perspective? Well, a huge amount has been published over the past four decades and after a morning’s work I’ve assembled a list of 59 books. It’s by […]

The Pilling Report Reviewed – No 13: The Dissenter

The final section of Part 3 of the Pilling Report, ‘Reflecting on the Evidence’ – though not of the Report – is A Dissenting Statement by the Bishop of Birkenhead The Pilling Report was intended to address the situation of a sexual minority within the Church of England and society. The voices of this minority […]

The Pilling Report Reviewed – No 12: Process & Practice

The next section of Part 3 of the Pilling Report is called A process for listening to each other and outlines what the working party believes (paragraph 352) is ‘the way forward for the Church’: ‘an intentional process of attentive listening between Christians whose understandings of Scripture and God’s calling for the Church and the […]

The Pilling Report Reviewed – No 10: A Moot Point?

I have now reached Part 3 of the Pilling Report, which is entitled ‘Reflecting on the Evidence, although the first section Christian ethics – the Anglican tradition is mainly an account of classic Anglican theological method, which accords primacy to Scripture while recognising that it is also complementary and dialogic with the insights of reason […]

The Pilling Report Reviewed No 9: Trying to fill the theological gap

I’ve reached the final section of ‘Summarizing the Evidence’, Part 2 of the Pilling Report which is entitled Perspectives from two theologians We are told that the presentations to the working party by Father Timothy Radcliffe OP and Professor Oliver O’Donovan made a deep impression and the papers they wrote are quoted in this section. […]

Ploughing through the Pilling Report – No 6: Statistics and the Church’s homophobia

I’m continuing to plough – slowly – through the Pilling Report, and pick up here at the second section of Part 2, ‘Summarizing the Evidence’, which is entitled Sexuality and social trends It begins with the incidence of homosexuality in the UK. If I were researching this topic I think I would probably start with […]

Explain the theological and scriptural arguments for homosexuality being acceptable to God

This challenging question started a new thread recently on the Changing Attitude Facebook page. The person who asked the question said: “I’m fairly new to Christianity, so I lack a great knowledge of theology and Scripture. We hear all the time about those scriptures which condemn homosexuality and the problem I have is that I […]

An evolutionary worldview

Some years ago I came to realise what was perhaps already obvious to others – that I am a contemplative activist. Last weekend it further dawned on me that I am a contemplative activist evolutionary. Reading Evolutionaries: Unlocking the spiritual and cultural potential of science’s greatest idea by Carter Phipps is what finally helped the […]

The Reformation Project: Advancing the kingdom, advancing equality

Matthew Vines loves God and happens to be gay. When reality won out during his sophomore year and he finally admitted to himself that he was gay, he was both relieved and crushed — relieved because everything that hadn’t made sense about his life finally did, and because love no longer seemed like an impossibility […]