Public statements on sex can be a bar, CNC is advised

Nov 14, 2015 by

By Tim Wyatt, Church Times: IT IS lawful to reject a candidate for a bishopric because of his or her public statements about sexuality, newly published guidance from the Church of England states. The document, which dates from March, but has only now been posted on the Church’s website, sets out what a Crown Nominations Commission (CNC) can take into account when considering a candidate for a vacant see. “The CNC can . . . lawfully take into account the content and manner of any public statements previously made by him or her about the Church’s traditional teaching on same-sex relations,” the guidance says. But it also states that “The mere fact that a candidate had publicly questioned the Church of England’s teaching on human sexuality . . . would not be sufficient to raise any issue from this point of view: that is something that clergy are free...

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January Conference on Sex, Marriage and the Gospel

Oct 20, 2015 by

CONFERENCE: OUR BODIES PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL 14-16 January 2016. Emmanuel Centre, Westminster. Join Christopher West, the world’s most widely recognised teacher of the Theology of the Body, as he presents this profoundly beautiful and life-changing vision of human life, love and sexuality and marriage in a way that Christians of any background can understand. Some key questions that will be answered: What does it mean to be truly human? How do I live my life in a way that brings true happiness? What is God’s underlying purpose for marriage and why does this matter? How do our desires point us to heaven? What does “We believe in the resurrection of the body” really mean? Thursday, 14 January 2016, 1000 to 1630 A Bold, Biblical Response to the Sexual Revolution The Creation and Redemption of the Body Friday, 15 January 2016, 1000 to 1630 The Marriage of the Lamb The ‘Great Mystery’...

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We Can’t Protect Sexual Orientation Because It Doesn’t Mean Anything

Oct 19, 2015 by

By Glenn T Stanton, The Federalist: What does it actually mean when we refer to one’s “sexual orientation” or “gender identity”? The answers seem obvious—that is, until we actually have to land on an answer. This question takes on great importance when it involves consequential public policies, such as the one Houston and many other jurisdictions currently face. Recall that, in 2014, Houston Mayor Annise Parker passed the smoothly titled Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) through her city council to much fanfare, then proceeded to demand her city’s pastors dutifully submit “all speeches, presentations or sermons” related to HERO to her for approval. The Texas Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the council must either repeal the ordinance or put it up for a vote by Houston’s citizens. That vote will be November 3. The only language in Proposition 1 under debate is its inclusion of the terms “sexual orientation”...

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The new sexual revolution

Oct 15, 2015 by

By Jenny McCartney, Spectator: The first thing you need to know about the new sexual revolution isn’t how to do it: it’s how to talk it. Confining yourself to terms such as straight, gay and bisexual — which once, perhaps, covered most of what you thought you needed to know about a person’s orientation — is indicative of adherence to a ‘binary’ view of sexuality. It is fast becoming the equivalent of walking around in plus-fours, peering at human desire through a monocle. These days, people — particularly those in their teens and twenties — are declaring themselves ‘pansexual’, ‘genderfluid’ and ‘genderqueer,’ which means they won’t be confined to the old folks’ dreary, black-and-white view of attraction or gender. Take Miley Cyrus, for example, the US pop singer and former child star of Disney’s Hannah Montana. Up until recently, the adult Cyrus might chiefly have been defined as a...

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Why Ms Madison had to create female customers

Sep 11, 2015 by

By Glenn T Stanton, First Things: Ashley Madison learned that men and women are indeed different. This fact is backed up by an impressive array of science on sex difference coming to press over the last fifteen years. […]  On average, men are nearly three times more likely than women to report being “strongly seeking” more than one sexual partner “in the next month.” Scholars in Australia discovered that only 4 percent of women engage in extra-marital affairs without any desire for that relationship to grow emotionally. Men and women are different. What about when you double up this heightened male interest for greater sexual variety in a same-sex relationship? Scholars have examined this, finding that only a third of committed homosexual male couples had agreements on strict monogamy and truly honored them. The other two-thirds had mutually established ground rules for extra-curriculars or regularly failed to adhere to...

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Before Obergefell: Some Thoughts on How We Got Here

Jul 17, 2015 by

By Alastair Roberts, Theopolis Institute: The establishment of same-sex marriage is not a bolt from the blue, but the logical outworking of a series of related developments in America’s practice and understanding of marriage. Same-sex marriage was unthinkable just a few decades ago. What made it thinkable wasn’t a concerted campaign on the part of gay rights activists to undermine marriage, but the changing material, economic, social, ideological, and moral conditions of the wider society and the way that our practice of marriage was both altered by and advanced this broader social mutation. The neutralizing of sex in marriage is like the sudden collapse of a wall that has long been undermined. The character of marriage has changed under many influences. Medical, technological, and economic influences have been among the most powerful of these. Contraceptive medication and other contraceptive devices, coupled with greater access to abortion, have facilitated the...

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