“Born this way”? Published and unpublished letters in the Church Times.

Feb 11, 2016 by

On 15th January 2016 Dr Paul Vallely wrote an article in the Church Times, which contained these assertions: “[…] Much theological opposition to homosexuality rests on the presumption that it is a choice, a perverse decision to deviate from the heterosexual norm. But that view has been left stranded by a scientific and social consensus … Homosexuality is now seen not as a choice, but a biological disposition influenced by genes and prenatal brain structure. In one sense, David...

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A Response to: “The Church has to adapt and change with the times or else it will die.”

Feb 2, 2016 by

From Underground Pewster: How many churches have to die before people will realize that it is not the Church’s job to affirm every new social movement that comes along and to change its teachings to accommodate the feelings of those simple pewsitters who are unaware of the ramifications of messing with theology and doctrine. Witness the steady decline of the Episcopal church which has bent over backwards to adapt with the times in regards to female ordination, caving in on divorce, gay...

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Can the Church of England ‘Agree to Disagree’ on Sexuality without Becoming Theologically Incoherent?

Feb 1, 2016 by

By Ian Paul, ABC Religion & Ethics: A week is a long time in politics, and it is just as long in church politics and the media coverage of it. Just two weeks after perhaps the most important gathering of the Primates of the Anglican Communion for a decade, almost everyone in the media has moved on, as if there is nothing to see here. Last week, Angus Ritchie helpfully highlighted the significance of the remarkable agreement, not least the fact that all but one of the Primates actually...

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Engaging Culture Without Losing the Gospel

Jan 27, 2016 by

By Russell Moore, LifeWay: Culture is shifting, it seems, into a different era, an era in which religion is not necessarily seen as a social good. Christianity in its historic, apostolic form is increasingly seen as socially awkward at best, as subversive at worst. For a long time, the church in America has assumed that its cultural conservatism was American, that most people at least ideally wanted to live up to our conception of the good life. Those with eyes to see ought to recognize that...

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Adapt and Die: Liberal Churches Accept Everyone, Still Decline

Jan 25, 2016 by

by Chris Martin, Millennial Evangelical: One of the hot takes of the 21st century as it relates to Christianity has been this, “The Church is dying because it won’t conform to culture. We’re going to keep losing our young people if we don’t change some things here.” […]  A well-known Mainline Protestant blogger, Rachel Held Evans, wrote for CNN last year following the World Vision debacle and concerning same-sex marriage: So my question for those evangelicals is this: Is it worth it? Is...

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Is it really time to bin the saying, “Love the sinner and hate the sin”?

Dec 28, 2015 by

By David Baker, Christian Today: A rather extraordinary suggestion has been made by a leading theologian in the Church of England. In an essay entitled Sex, Sense and Non-Sense for Anglicans, Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, writes: “The church needs to get past its judgmental and nonsensical mantra, ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’. This simply won’t do.” This strikes me as rather startling. After all, the idea of loving the sinner but hating the...

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