Modern Believing

Ever Mediated, Ever Salvific: A Chauvean Perspective on Same-Sex Marriage in the Church

Modern Believing (2018), 59, (2), 135–147.

Abstract

Homosexuality in the Anglican Communion is a contentious and polarising issue. In 2015, the Episcopal Church was the first member of the Anglican Communion to change its canonical legislation to allow same-sex couples access to matrimony. Since then, other national Anglican churches have struggled with finding a response both to this action and to the reality of LGBTQ persons in the church. Here we propose a way of theologically approaching same-sex marriage in the church in a way which leads to a more nuanced understanding, rising beyond the polarisations. Concretely, we make use of a ‘liturgical hermeneutic’ which is derived from the French theologian Louis-Marie Chauvet.

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Witherington, T. Derrick