Though published for the Anglican Church, Faithfulness in Fellowship provides
important biblical, theological, scientific data and argumentation of
relevance to all churches struggling with the issue of homosexuality.
Faithfulness in Fellowship
Reflections on Homosexuality and the Church
Papers from the Doctrine Panel of the Anglican Church of Australia
(including Archbishop Peter Carnley, Anglican Primate of Australia)
John Garratt Publishing
1875938478 $34.95 (Sophia Booknet* $26.22) plus postage
‘We have become acutely aware of the complexities of the issues
relating to human sexuality, including the fact that the interpretation of
the biblical material is not nearly as straightforward as many of us
imagined. We have also become acutely aware of the social tragedy of
homophobic reactions to homosexual people in the community, and of
difficulties experienced by those charged with the handling of such
sensitive matters when the lives of other human persons are involved. One
cannot study such a subject without becoming aware of the burden of
one’s own misapprehensions and unchallenged prejudice.’
- Homosexuality in the
Christian Tradition Muriel Porter traces significant
changes in Church attitudes and teaching in relation to sexuality:
women as lesser creatures…celibacy holier than
marriage…contraception as murder…all once held.
- Homosexuality and Its
Purpose from a Biblical and Theological Perspective John
Dunnill's chapter looks at the Bible's understanding of sexuality
as a whole, largely bypassing for a moment the specific issue of
homosexuality, in order to place that issue in the widest context.
- Homosexuality in the Old
Testament Although there is less material about
homosexuality in the OT, John Dunnill shows that it is more
varied than the material in the NT, a factor which must be taken into
consideration when assessing meaning and implications.
- Homosexuality in the New
Testament Glenn Davies concludes that, although the NT
doesn't condone any sexual activity outside of marriage, it also 'does
not countenance the persecution of homosexuals that arises from
homophobia which does not recognise the validity and integrity of
homosexuals as men and women made in the image of God.'
- Natural Law and
Homosexuality Don Edwards and Cathy Thomson 'examine whether -and,
if so, in what ways - taking account of natural law contributes to a
Christian understanding of homosexuality.'
- Science and the Meaning
of Homosexuality Sean Mullen reviews scientific research:
'History has taught the Church that she ignores science…at her own
- Friendship (Archbishop)
Peter Carnley, the Anglican Primate of Australia calls for all
'to come to a deeper appreciation of the rich spiritual value of
genuine friendship and of its great importance to being authentically
- Anglican Moral
Decision-Making and the Challenge of Same-Sex Unions Scott
Cowdell concludes that the blessing of same sex unions can be seen
as a valid development in line with Anglican moral sensibility.
- Ordination and the
Practice of Homosexuality Peter Jensen, considering
ordaining homosexuals, argues against.
- Starting With the
Spirit: A Personal Reflection on Sexuality and Spiritual Gifts Graeme
Garrett writes poignantly of the reality of the pain of
'rejection, isolation and condemnation' of one dear to him.
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