Faith, Belief, and Scripture: Anglicanism and Homosexuality

By Rob James.

Published by Religion in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Print $US40.00
Book: Electronic $US15.00

The Anglican Communion has been tearing itself apart over the issue of homosexuality since the Lambeth Conference in 1998 and rumblings of discontent stretch back years before that. Most Anglican debate on homosexuality focuses the argument on the Bible. Does the Bible allow homosexuality or not? This book begins by taking one step back from the argument. It looks at what it means to approach a text as scripture, from the standpoint of faith. It then examines why the Bible is used to claim such radically different positions and why those who argue for either position can legitimately claim to find their argument supported by reading the Bible. Anglicans (and others) who disagree about what their scriptures claim need to understand why there is a disagreement. It is only by stepping back from the argument and trying to understand why it exists hat any sort of resolution can ever be found.

Keywords: Anglican Communion, Doctrines, Homosexuality

Book: Print (Paperback). Book: Electronic (PDF File; 1.299MB). Published by Religion in Society, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Dr. Rob James

Visiting Lecturer, Religious Studies Department, University of Wales, Newport, Bream, Gloucestershire, UK

Rob James began his studies of religion at the University of Kent at Canterbury, gaining a first class degree in 2001. He then studied Eastern Christianity at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London and then at Cambridge. He then returned to SOAS to write his PhD on modern African Christianity. Rob teaches undergraduates as a visiting lecturer at the University of Wales, Newport and is a member of the part-time tutor panel of Oxford University.