Friday, March 26, 2010

4 vs 4: Episcopalian theologians on homosexuality

The Theology Committee of the House of Bishops of the USA Episcopalians has published a new draft on this not so new issue. Four propose traditionalist view while the other four defend the liberal one. Ellen Charry, the editor of the draft, remarks that the article "responds to the call for the Episcopal Church to treat the controversy theologically, and we interpreted that call to invite doctrinal analysis that is first faithful to the Creed, the foundation of the Church’s unity, and that interprets Scripture within that framework." (p.vi, italic added)

The traditionalists:
Dr. John Goldingay, the David Allan Hubbard professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

The Rev. Dr. Grant LeMarquand, academic dean and associate professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

The Rev. Dr. George Sumner, principal and Helliwell professor of world mission, Wycliffe College, Toronto.

The Rev. Dr. Daniel Westberg, research professor of ethics and moral theology, Nashotah House, Nashotah, Wisconsin.

The liberals:
Dr. Eugene Rogers, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Dr. Willis Jenkins, Margaret A. Farley assistant professor of social ethics, Yale Divinity School.

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Kittredge, Ernest J. Villavaso Jr. chair of New Testament and dean of community life at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.

Dr. Deirdre Good, professor of New Testament at the General Theological Seminary in New York.

Christian Post has a summary of this 95-page draft.

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