Tagged with gay marriage

NEWS: Religion and Academic Freedom

It should be no surprise that the culture war would appear within Pentecostalism. Hot-button topics such as gay marriage and creationism frequent denominational discussions and, as expected, end in a relatively conservative consensus. But one would not expect an academic organization (even if religious in origin) to wield power in the interest of silencing academic … Continue reading

NEWS: (Un) Holy Matrimony?

The House of Lords has recently voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to be married. Although British Law has recognised civil partnerships since 2004, the proposed amendment to the Equality bill would go further and enable same-sex couples to be married in religious premises. Despite any discomfort some religious groups may feel, it should … Continue reading

NEWS: Religion as Sinful

Sara Miles has authored a new book titled Jesus Freak: Feeding, Healing, Raising the Dead. After a profound conversion to Christianity she continues to question human attempts at religion, viewing them as socially constructed, arguing that we can find the sacred everywhere—that when we find holiness in everyday life, we become something different, perhaps whole. … Continue reading

NEWS: Rick Warren, Evangelicals, and Dissent

Evangelical Christians have been a prominent force in American culture for many years. While evangelicals remain influential, particularly when one considers political allegiance and popular media, this particular version of Christianity has also been studied and questioned by scholars, media personalities, and authors. Frank Schaeffer, son of evangelical apologist Francis Schaeffer, takes the evangelical world … Continue reading

Is the Fight for Gay Rights Over?

Bishop John Shelby Spong is revered by those affiliated with progressive Christianity and scorned by conservatives. For years he has been an outspoken advocate for the cause of women, gays and lesbians, and people of color. Candace Chellew-Hodge considers Bishop Spong’s recent declaration: “The battle is over. The victory has been won.” Recalling the inanity … Continue reading

NEWS: “Sex, Satanism and Sacrifice…”

A recent story in the Australian publication The Register touches on the highly emotive issues of sex, sacrifice, witchcraft and exorcism. It appears that this report is based on the anecdotal evidence – supplied by ‘radical Minister’ Danny Nalliah – of a Pastor supervising a school trip. During this excursion to Mount Ainslie, near Canberra, … Continue reading

NEWS: Adapting Sacred Text for Same-Sex Unions?

Next week, Episcopal bishops will request revisions to the Book of Common Prayer, adapting the text for blessing same-sex marriages. Despite visible support for the queer community—including the 2003 election of openly gay bishop V. Gene Robinson in the Diocese of New Hampshire—all three Episcopal rites of marriage currently acknowledge only heterosexual unions. Bishops from … Continue reading