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 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Will Pilling and the House of Bishops engage with the full spectrum of experience?

Theology “must engage with our affective side, the emotions and feelings that arise from the experiences of exclusion and discrimination.” This statement comes from a review of a new book, Black Theology, in last Friday’s Church Times by Jesse Zink, Assistant Chaplain at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The book’s author, Anthony Reddie, claims that black theology […]

Equal marriage, creation, evolution and the new paradigm

We, individual human beings, on different continents, in different cultures and in various communities of faith, are living with dramatically different paradigms, worldviews and attitudes towards the fundamentals of human life and behaviour. Religious and secular values look to be irreconcilable between so many parts of the human global community – Israel and Palestine, Islam […]

Men and Women in Marriage report and our dysfunctional, secretive, hypocritical Church

The Bishop of Bradford, the Rt Revd Nick Baines said at a deanery clergy meeting today that most bishops were completely unaware that the Men and Women in Marriage report was being released. He found out that the report had been issued from a message on Twitter. Bishop Nick said the House of Bishops, Church […]

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 […]