Why won’t the Church of England House of Bishops admit its transgender liturgy guidance is incoherent and complicit with blasphemy?

Mar 2, 2019 by

By Carys Moseley, Christian Concern.

On Wednesday 20th February, Bishop Pete Broadbent, the Bishop of Willesden, answered a range of questions from the General Synod of the Church of England on the highly controversial transgender liturgy guidance published last year by the House of Bishops. Carys Moseley looks at the most serious questions put to him and assesses his answer on behalf of the Bishops. You can view a video of the proceedings here.
[…] Has the House of Bishops capitulated to gnostic dualism?

Rev. Angus MacLay asked Question 59, based on the House of Bishops document on transsexualism found in the book Some Issues in Human Sexuality, published back in 2003. He cited words to the effect that the document warned back then that the Church was at risk of capitulating to gnostic dualism if it were to affirm transgender self-identification.

Bishop Pete’s answer was to say that he did not accept that the House of Bishops is capitulating to gnostic dualism, without explaining why. He simply affirmed his own belief in the tripartite anthropology of body, soul and spirit as being grounded in the New Testament, without elaborating further. Again, this is quite an extraordinary way to answer the question. For there is no explanation of how a particular belief about what the Bible says about human beings provides a warrant for giving thanks to God for a person’s gender reassignment, as implied by the use of this liturgy to celebrate it. The question is why the Bishop would have responded in this manner.

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