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...

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Sex Identity

Jul 13, 2015 by

by  Christopher O. Tollefsen, Public Discourse: As animals that reproduce sexually, humans in the paradigm case are either male or female, with the sexes specified by reproductive roles they can potentially fulfill. According to this account, it is impossible for someone to change his or her sex, and all attempts to do so involve mutilation. The first of a two-part series.   I reflect here on our identity as sexed beings. In tomorrow’s essay I consider what it means for us to be gendered...

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Church’s £360,000 budget for retreats to talk about sex

Jul 10, 2015 by

by John Bingham, Telegraph: The Church of England is spending over a third of a million pounds on a series of away-days and retreats to talk about sex. Clergy and lay members are being invited to a series of “facilitated conversations” behind closed doors, aimed at breaking down divisions between different factions over issues such as homosexuality. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, hopes encouraging people to take part in frank face-to-face discussions will help break...

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Liberalism Can’t Understand Sex

Jun 3, 2015 by

By Jason Morgan, Public Discourse: Because it reduces the human person into a mere vehicle for abstract rights, liberalism has no language to express the transcendence and sacrifice of human sexuality. For the past several decades, campus authorities from deans and chancellors all the way down to lowly RAs have been reiterating the talking points of “safe sex” to college-age teenagers. For the vast majority of incoming freshmen, these messages of consent and the prevention of sexual assault...

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Jihadists hate us for our ‘obsession with sex’, says theologian

May 27, 2015 by

By Rozina Sabur, Telegraph: Western culture is obsessed with sex – which is why it is hated in the rest of the world, according to a leading theological historian. Diarmaid MacCulloch, a deacon in the Church of England and an Oxford University professor, said other cultures find it “intensely embarrassing and frustrating” that the West talks about sex a lot. He argued that this hatred of western culture was as far reaching as Russia, the Middle East and in the parts of Africa...

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Sex and the Church

Apr 20, 2015 by

By Ian Paul, Psephizo: Last Friday I very reluctantly tuned in to watch Oxford church historian Diarmaid MacCulloch talk about Sex and the Church. I was reluctant for several reasons. First, don’t we talk about this enough already—aren’t there more important things to focus on at the moment? (Tonight’s ‘Kill the Christians’, for example, highlighting how the US/UK invasion of Iraq has led directly to the elimination of Christian communities in the region). For another, I was pretty clear what...

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