Article: “On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage”

An article I wrote on marriage was recently published in a small journal (and with only a few glaring mistakes! All of which were my fault, of course). It's an attempt to think both with the Christian tradition and for the public square. Here's a link to it: "On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage," Encounter 76.2 … Continue reading Article: “On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage”

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More on Problems with Liberal Neutrality: RFRA, LGBT Rights, and the Freedom of Religion

UPDATE: Two conservative groups have just filed a lawsuit against civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, essentially asking the courts to decide between the right to religious freedom and the right to be served by a business. The suit claims the right to religious freedom is more fundamental. The efficacy of the … Continue reading More on Problems with Liberal Neutrality: RFRA, LGBT Rights, and the Freedom of Religion

Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part III: Complementarity

* this is part 3 of my series on same-sex marriage in the UMC. See parts I: The Issue at Hand, II: The Bible, and IV: Inclusion. COMPLEMENTARITY (NATURAL PAIRING): Arguments for other-sex marriage on the basis of the natural pairing of men and women rest on an affirmation of their essential complementarity. The theological problem with … Continue reading Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part III: Complementarity

Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part I: The Issue at Hand

* this is the first part of a four part series about why I think the UMC should fully include same-sex marriages. See also parts II: The Bible, III: Complementarity, and IV:Full Inclusion. It has been rather disappointing to watch the United Methodist Church (the denomination to which I belong) struggle over the question of the inclusion … Continue reading Same-Sex Marriage in the UMC, Part I: The Issue at Hand