Anglican Theological Review

The Anglican Theological Review is a quarterly journal devoted to theological reflection. The Anglican Theological Review includes peer-reviewed essays and articles of interest to the Anglican community, including articles on the arts, philosophy, and sciences.

Articles from Vol. 93, No. 1, Winter

A Response from Janet Trisk*
The House of Bishops which commissioned this project and the eight theologians who produced the report are to be congratulated on helping the church sharpen theological conversation in what has too frequently been a debate with much heat and little light....
A Response from Joseph D. Galgalo*
The debate about the place of same-sex relationships in the life of the church has continued to occupy the churches of the Anglican Communion for some time now. Over the years, many different studies on the subject have appeared, but none has attempted...
A Response from Kevin Ward*
It was interesting to read these essays by the two "affinity" groups, each advocating, with remarkable clarity and commitment, such contrasting positions on same-sex relationships, and yet each doing so from deeply held Christian conviction. It seems...
A Response from Margaret Kim Peterson*
The assumption that marriage necessarily involves a man and a woman has until very recently been virtually universal in all human societies, including societies in which same-sex sexual relationships have been a routine part of the social order. In other...
A Response from Mark D. Jordan*
The documents - the reports and rejoinders - gathered under the title Same- Sex Relationships and. the Nature of Marriage: A Theological Colloquy cut across a large number of exegetical, historical, ethical, and scientific topics in relatively few pages....
A Response from Sarah Coakley*
This report from a specially-gathered group of American theologians, both "traditionalist" and "liberal," and ably and charitably chaired by Professor Elleii Charry, is greatly to be welcomed. It raises the currently divisive discussion of same-sex desire...
A Response from Thomas W. Gillespie*
Only because my own communion is engaged in the same struggle identified by the title of this report do I have the temerity to accept the invitation to offer a comment on its contents to my Episcopal sisters and brothers. Full disclosure, however. I...
A Theology of Marriage Including Same-Sex Couples: A View from the Liberals
Marriage is a discipline. Marriage is a means of grace. Marriage is a discipline and a means of grace for sinners. Marriage is a discipline and a means of grace for sinners and for the whole church. It is a discipline because its vows are for better...
Editor's Notes
Human sexuality is such a difficult thing for Christians to talk about, even though it has been a central topic in North American Christianity and North American Anglicanism for well over thirty years. Many of our perennial questions about the relationship...
Epilogue
In conclusion, our work sustains one generally accepted observation and adds several doctrinal and practical considerations to the broader discussion. It is generally accepted that differing hermeneurical presuppositions produce conflicting readings...
Foreword
For a generation and more the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion have been engaged in a challenging conversation about sexual ethics, especially regarding same-sex relationships in the life of the church. The hope of this work is that...
Postscript
We ai'e enormously grateful to the panel of scholars and theologians who have worked so hard to produce these papers. Their work is for study and reflection and does not constitute a position paper of the Theology Committee. It is very significant in...
Preface
This group of academics was convened to offer a distinctively theological approach to the controversy before us. We acknowledged that our church's doctrinal foundations are the catholic creeds and we gave Special attention to the Nicene-Constantinopolitan...
Same-Sex Marriage and Anglican Theology: A View from the Traditionalists
Part 1The Social and Ecclesiastical ContextModern Western societies in North America and Europe are increasingly moving toward the acceptance of same-sex relationships. At first people were challenged to accept lesbian and gay partnerships on a political...
The Liberal Response
We first want to thank our colleagues for their paper, "Same-Sex Marriage and Anglican Theology: A View from the Traditionalists," which sets out their position clearly and describes with care and respect a number of different positions. Our discussions...
The Traditionalist Response
The conversation between the traditionalist and liberal teams on this panel has been charitable and constructive, and we affirm the sincere desire of our counterparts to be faitliful and to build up the church. At the same time, we find their argument...