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”

A Response to D. Stephen Long’s Advocacy of Waiting

In the wake of the United Methodist Church's recent General Conference, D. Stephen Long wrote a short, thoughtful piece defending the proposal of the Council of Bishops that the conference formally adopted. That position, in brief, is to table the discussion and deliberation about the church's position on sexuality until a special committee can be formed to study the … Continue reading A Response to D. Stephen Long’s Advocacy of Waiting

On Charles Taylor’s Multi-Dimensional Moral Thinking

In his recent essay, "The Perils of Moralism," [1] Charles Taylor writes about the Western tradition of "code fixation" in moral thinking. "Much contemporary moral theory assumes that morality can be defined in terms of a code of obligatory and forbidden actions, a code moreover which can be generated from a single source or principle. Hence the … Continue reading On Charles Taylor’s Multi-Dimensional Moral Thinking

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