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The Curiosity Index (20.06.2018)

Her name is Monroe Christine Words fail me: Her name is Monroe Christine. She is a little girl who was paid for by two men. Her mother was picked out of a catalogue; the woman who gave birth to her was a contractually obligated guest star on a television show who was publicly humiliated by her father. The whole of the law Alan Jacobs: The lesson to be drawn here is this: the great majority of Christians in America who call themselves evangelical are simply not formed by Christian teaching or the Christian scriptures. They are, rather,…

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Sexuality 3.0 – more freedom, less licence

As a child of the 1980s & 90s I grew up in a culture that saw Christian values and morals as hopelessly out of touch and old-fashioned. The issue of my day was the ridiculous notion of no-sex-before-marriage. Then came the increasingly affirming attitudes towards same-sex relationships and now we have gender-fluidity. Activists for all of the above would argue that whatever legal gains have been made it has not been made equal, nor global nor arguably cultural. From their point of view, the battle is still on. At the same time…

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Opposing ideas but loving people: dealing with the transgender issue

Recently in America President Trump revoked the right of transgender men & women to serve in the US armed forces (or at least that’s what he plans to do); in the UK the Church of England General Synod, passed a motion calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions. Not only that but in the UK this autumn a new Gender Recognition Bill will be debated. As Peter Saunders reported on his blog: Men and women will be able to change their gender without a doctor’s report and amend…

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Confused about: Sexuality

This is fourth in a series of articles showing how western society has become confused about issues relating to human relationships. We are  (i) confused about children , (ii) confused about sex and (iii) confused about gender. Sexuality is generally understood to be the area surrounding our sexual desires and preferences and the modern concept of orientation. It’s an area that provides ample evidence of the confusion that exists in western civilisation. It’s most evident in the initials. When I was at university in the mid 1990s we had LGB. Twenty years later we have LGBTTQQIAAP. I…

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Body matters

It is a universal truth so obvious that it goes unsaid but here it is: 100% of all humans, in every country, of every race, of both genders and throughout all of human history, every single one has had….wait for it…a body. The debate, in so much as there has been one was never whether we had bodies but whether we had souls or spirits. Whether we were more than a singularity but a duality or even in some thoughts a trinity of mind, body and soul. Your body matters.…

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Sex, marriage, singleness, gender: the works

Over the years I’ve collected a lot of information on this blog about the whole arena of sexual ethics and the constant battle Christians face to maintain the ethics that have formed them since its inception. So why keep focusing on this area? David Lamb offers 5 reasons to talk about sexual ethics The culture is obsessed The Bible talks about it We discover a gracious God Jesus is magnified It’s a natural cross-generational discussion Lamb argues, “When we don’t talk about sex and the culture yells about it, whose…

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There’s nothing to see here

In the 80s comedy Naked Gun Leslie Nielsen stands in front of an exploding firework factory while urging the onlookers to ‘move on, nothing to see here’ who aren’t going to go anywhere. This has been pretty much the experience of evangelicals in the western church over the issue of same-sex marriage. Mark Galli tries to make this point in a Christianity Today editorial that two billion Christians believe marriage is between a man and a woman and have done for two thousand years. Move on, nothing to see here. The problem…

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Four observations about the transgender debate

“But beyond this, my child, be warned: the writing of many blogs about Caitlyn Jenner  is endless, and excessive devotion to blogs about Caitlyn Jenner is wearying to the body.” That’s pretty much what I think the writer of Ecclesiastes would say after the most recent internet eruption of opinion about Bruce Jenner’s decision to transition to being Caitlyn Jenner. I find it wiser and more helpful for my own equilibrium to wait a while, read some of the best pieces and reflect on what’s been said. Here are four observations about…

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