Gay Marriage 2

​Savi Hensman writes for Ekklesia and the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. She lives in London. PCN asked her to comment on the recent campaign by some church leaders against the notion of gay marriage.

“The world is wracked by suffering, and the threat of war. Many face intense poverty, even in rich countries, and social exclusion affects various minorities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. Ecological damage could bring an end to many forms of life on this planet entrusted by God to our care. But some senior clergy in the UK seem more passionate about whether same-sex marriage will be legally recognised.

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Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage

The chair of PCN Britain, John Churcher, gives this personal take on the gay marriage debate. A survey of PCN members found the 94% were in favour of allowing gay and lesbian couples to get married.

​A number of MPs have thrown the cat amongst the pigeons by asking churches to discuss and report back their responses to the proposed change to the law concerning gay marriage. It is an emotive issue for some Christians but there are very few foundational texts stating clearly that homosexuality is wrong. Genesis 19 is often referenced but a careful reading of the text will show that it is gang rape not homosexuality that is being condemned. What is worse, same sex relations or Lot offering his two virgin daughters to be gang raped in place of the two angels sent to warn Lot to leave the city?

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Tribute to John Hick

This letter by Martin Camroux was written for colleagues from our sister organisation Free to Believe.  We are grateful to Martin for allowing PCN to reproduce it here.

​It is with real sadness that I need to pass on to you the news of the death of John Hick. John was of the most influential philosophers of religion in the English speaking world and arguably the most significant English theologian of the last 50 years, certainly in the Reformed Tradition. He trained for the Presbyterian ministry at Westminster College where he became part of a great tradition of Presbyterian scholarship going back to John Oman and H. H. Farmer. He was a classic liberal who will be remembered, among other things, for his openness towards other religious faiths, his continuation to the problem of evil and his splendid book on Jesus “The metaphor of God Incarnate”. I often find myself Quoting John’s statement on the relation of Jesus to God:

“The heavenly father was utterly real to him – as real as the men and women with whom he interacted every day or the Galilean hills among which he lived. God was evidently so real to Jesus that in his presence the heavenly father became real to many of his hearers”.

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Reflections on John Hick

Reflections on John Hick

This article is written by Matt Hicks, a regular contributor to the PCN forum.

​For many people who tread a humanist path, there is often a history of a traumatic and initially disenfranchising break from the religion of their upbringing. For many others, and myself there is one man who either eased the break somewhat or gave their faith a stay of execution. So it is with sadness and fondness that I reflect on the influence of John Hick who passed away yesterday.

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Charity as Beside the Point (Part 2)

In the second of two articles on the condescending nature of charity, Andrew Parker claims we should ask not what we can do to for others, but what we can do for ourselves. Those who have been marginalised can already see what we cannot see; how we much are tied into the existing domination system.

You must not get caught up in the wishy-washy liberal view along the lines that as the bourgeois revolution was focused on helping the middle-classes find life in the teeth of some pretty awful oppression so the socialist revolution was focused on helping the proletarian classes and likewise the marginal revolution will be focused on helping the marginals. Such an understanding misrepresents not just the Bible but also the modern class revolutionary battles as well…

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Charity as Beside the Point (Part 1)

Charity as Beside the Point (Part 1)

This article by Andrew Parker was written over a year ago for a church magazine in Suffolk but somehow never got published. Was it just too radical? Given the growing support in the Church of England for the Occupy campaign, one hopes that the editors of the parish magazine might now think again. But in case they don’t, here it is for all to read. He wrote a follow up which will be available here soon.

Christianity and Judaism are nearly always associated in people’s minds with charitable works and pity for the poor. Because of this I found it interesting to discover that neither Jesus nor the revolutionary Hebrew writers considered charity as the object of the exercise they were involved in which was ‘world salvation’ or as we would put it ‘the transformation of human civilisation’...

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Jim Adams, founder of the first progressive Christian network

Jim Adams, founder of the first progressive Christian network

This tribute to Jim Adams, who died in Sept 2011, is by the PCN Britain chair, John Churcher.

​Progressive Christianity has lost another important guide and encourager with the death of James Rowe Adams on 13th September, 2011. Jim established the first progressive Christianity organisation [The Center for Progressive Christianity] in 1994 while he was Rector at St Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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