Should equal marriage be rejected or celebrated by Christians?

Abstract

The possibility of opening up marriage in Britain by law to same-sex couples has been criticised by some Christians but welcomed by others. One of the more thoughtful critics is theologian John Milbank, who has eloquently expressed some common arguments against change. This response by Savi Hensman suggests that, while he raises important issues, his analysis is ultimately flawed. Taking into account such topics as tradition, sexual ‘complementarity’, childbearing and sacrament, there is a strong case for equal marriage.

The full research essay (14 pages, 280k) can be read and downloaded as a *.PDF Adobe Acrobat document here: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/files/should_same-sex_marriage_be_rejected_or_...

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See also:

* 'Journey towards acceptance: theologians and same-sex love' by the same author: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/17246

* 'Response to Scottish Government proposals on same-sex marriage': http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/15883 (Ekklesia has also responded recently to the UK government and Church of England consultations.)

* 'Thinking theologically: Bible, tradition, reason and experience': http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/13404

* Sex, orientation and theological debate: an evangelical response': http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/11195