Thinking Christian Innocence: Reflecting on the Presbyterian Church of Ireland’s Undue Fascination with Not Being “Homophobic”

I begin with a remark that I won't substantiate, but hope you can accept as truth as an observation: Christians in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) have an undue fascination with not being considered "homophobic". They really want you to know that while they can't embrace queer people as such ontically or in policy, they… Continue reading Thinking Christian Innocence: Reflecting on the Presbyterian Church of Ireland’s Undue Fascination with Not Being “Homophobic”

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Thoughts on (same-sex) marriage (Pt. 3)

[This post brings to an end my thoughts on the issues surrounding the UK's redefinition of marriage, continuing with a third thought that I think we need to bear in mind as we attempt to have a healthy conversation on what is proving to be a very contentious debate.] 3. Christians, beware of where you look for… Continue reading Thoughts on (same-sex) marriage (Pt. 3)

Thoughts on (same-sex) marriage (Pt. 2)

[This post continues immediately on from where the previous one left off, outlining a second distinction that I think we need to bear in mind as we discuss the issues surrounding the UK's redefinition of marriage. A final post will be upped tomorrow.] 2. New creation trumps old creation. Holy Spirit depicted in a stained glass… Continue reading Thoughts on (same-sex) marriage (Pt. 2)

Thoughts on (same-sex) marriage (Pt. 1)

There is no such thing as ‘traditional marriage’ because ‘marriage’ does not have one meaning. Arabs, Masai, Native Americans, Australian Aborigines etc. all, I’m quite sure, conceive of marriage in quite distinct and nuanced ways. Marriage is polysemous. It has been defined and practiced in a host of different ways, in varying cultural contexts and… Continue reading Thoughts on (same-sex) marriage (Pt. 1)