anthills–Episcopalians & the Anglican Communion

March 16, 2006

RICHARD KEW ON THEOLOGY IN OUR DEBATE

Filed under: Uncategorized — anthill @ 11:42 pm

Richard Kew, a priest in the Diocese of Tennessee (ECUSA), has written an excellent (I was tempted to write “brilliant” in honor of his English birth) essay on his blog about the link between theology and the sexuality debate.

Please read the whole piece. Richard always writes well and to the point. I’ll be picking bits out of it to emphasize in coming days.

Here is a key paragraph:

“I am forced to conclude that while there could be a scad of theories that have been rustled up to legitimate this departure from Christian norms, there is no fundamental set of theological principles that can be configured to justify actions. Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of Church History at Oxford, and an actively gay man, has admitted as much in an aside in his monumental work on the European Reformation. “Despite much well-intentioned theological fancy footwork to the contrary, it is difficult to see the Bible as expressing anything else but disapproval of homosexual activity, let alone having any conception of a homosexual identity” (Diarmaid MacCulloch, Reformation: Europe’s House Divided, 1490-1700, page 705). This means the only way forward is to discount Scripture and historic theology, finding other justifications for actions taken.”

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