Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Editor's Notes

Academic journal article Anglican Theological Review

Editor's Notes

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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 of human persons to God have to do with incarnation: the relation of body and spirit/mind/soul, of consciousness and will and desire, of the transitory and the enduring. And the thorniness and urgency of these questions seems to come to the fore particularly in matters of sexuality. Or, perhaps more accurately, sexualife. Particularly pressing in our American Anglican context is the matter of whether and how committed relations among persons, particularly those of the same biological sex, are related to holiness of daily life. Whether we call committed same-sex relationships unions, marriages, or something else, what we have to say about them has implications for what we say about relationships among persons of different biological sexes, including Christian marriage. And what we say about how daily life ought to be lived connects directly to how we understand God's call to us and to the church as the body of Christ in the world. No wonder we spend so much time talking about sex.

In 2008, the Theology Conunittee of the House of Bishops appointed a task force of theologians to prepare and exchange position papers on the issues associated with same-sex relationships and to present the papers to the House of Bishops. It is the Anglican Theological Review's privilege to publish these papers in this issue. Professor Ellen Charry of Princeton Theological Seminary, who chaired the task force, introduces the papers and gives an overview of the process that generated them. I greatly appreciate her care and attentiveness to this work, and to bringing these papers to publication in this issue of the ATR. …

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