Category Archives: Sex and sexuality

God bless you, Vicky Beeching

For those of you who are thinking ‘Vicky who?’ let me give some brief background. Vicky Beeching – acclaimed Christian singer-songwriter, worship leader, Oxbridge-qualified theologian, contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day programme. Currently in her mid-thirties, Vicky … Continue reading

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Okay to be gay? part II

Some time ago I wrote a massive 3500+-word post ‘Okay to be gay?’, which I naively hoped would cover all the major points in the debate about homosexuality and Christianity. It didn’t, not by a long chalk. So here’s a … Continue reading

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Is the Bible sexist, and if so should we be too?

As a broad generalisation I’d say yes it is, and no of course we shouldn’t. And I’d then qualify the first by saying, it depends what you mean by the question. Obviously we can’t just make a blanket statement about … Continue reading

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Christianity and Masculinity

I’m sure many of you have now at least heard of the book A Year of Biblical Womanhood, the tongue-in-cheek record of US blogger Rachel Held Evans’ twelve months of rigid adherence to the Bible’s many rules and prescriptions for … Continue reading

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Men and women aren’t exactly the same (hooray!)

Following on from the discussion about the recent non-appointment of women bishops, I’d like to spend a couple more posts looking at gender-related issues such as Christianity and masculinity, and the Bible and sexism. I want to get the ball … Continue reading

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A bad week to be male – Jimmy Savile and other terrible tales

There was a lot of terrible stuff in the news last week (7-13 Oct 2012). The 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai shot by Taliban militia for promoting education for girls. The shocking abduction and murder in Wales of 5-year-old April … Continue reading

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Christian rights vs gay rights?

…or, should we be able to express beliefs and exercise moral conscience in the workplace? So last week we heard about four Christians from the UK taking cases to the European court of human rights about unfair dismissal, relating to the … Continue reading

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Challenging evangelical preoccupations: sin, scripture, soul-saving (and some others)

Firstly I must apologise to evangelicals for seeming constantly to have it in for them. Evangelicalism is undoubtedly no better or worse than other forms of Christianity, and within it there are many healthier, more open and generous-spirited elements alongside … Continue reading

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Okay to be gay? Homosexuality and Christianity

Views on homosexual practice hugely divide Christians. I’m largely agnostic (and perhaps a little ignorant) on the subject so I’m trying to take a balanced view, looking at issues of nature, nurture and norms, at psychology and morality, and re-assessing some of the Bible passages that have been used to condemn gay sex. In the end I believe this is a matter for individual conscience and we need to respect and listen to each other’s differing perspectives. Continue reading

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