The Regnerus Study on Same-Sex Parenting

Finally we’ve got a study on this topic that begins to provide meaningful results. Science Direct have the text of “How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study” (pdf here). Here’s the abstract: The New Family Structures Study (NFSS) is a social-science data-collection project that […]

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Boswell wrong on Byzantine Adelphopoiesis

From the New Oxford Review back in December 1994. Writing the history of a reli­gious institution involves under­standing concepts and language within their historical and cultural context. Otherwise, the risk is taken that history will be rewritten to suit current preoccupations. Boswell’s attempt to prove that the Byzantines regarded adelphopoie­sis as a form of marriage fails be­cause […]

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The “Church” Times on “Gay Marriage”

Chris Johnson is worth repeating in full… The Church Times is not down with the Church of England’s official opposition to homosexual “marriage,” which it calls “tendentious and poorly-argued.”  At this point, I don’t particularly care one way or the other what the C of E or the Church Times thinks about anything at all but among the Times ”arguments,” this one […]

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Polygamy in the Bible – A Sordid Tale

A great post at the Briefing by my good friend (and imminent replacement!) Lionel Windsor: Off the top of my head, here are some of the stories about polygamy in the Bible: The first polygamist, Lamech, calls a family conference so he can boast about his inordinate vengeful violence. He’s clearly not a nice man […]

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The Modern Marriage Ideology

A magnificent piece by Andrew Cameron of Moore Theological College in the Southern Cross and on sydneyanglicans.net In the middle of these changing loves, Christians can ask helpful questions (there’s not much point being polemical when so little thought has been given to the nature of marriage). We can ask our neighbours: ‘Are you sure […]

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A Tale of Two Synods

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… Reports from 2 diocesan synods here in Australia. The first, is more detail on the Gippsland synod. The Diocesan Newspaper June edition has a large report on the whole synod, including an entire page dedicated to the sexuality debate. There’s quite a bit of detail […]

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