E 121 God, Gentiles and Gay Christians: Acts 15 and Change in the Church (2001)
Those who argue for the acceptance of homosexual practice in the church ('revisionists') have often argued their case on the basis of rights or justice or causality, but have not usually sought a biblically-based authorisation. But some recent commentators have argued that the acceptance of Gentiles into the early Jewish church, as depicted in Acts 15, provides an analogous case with the acceptance of homosexual Christians into a heterosexual church.
This booklet looks at the argument, carefully teases out the different strands and assumptions, and evaluates the strength of this potentially important case. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in this crucial debate.
Author: Andrew Goddard
The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Goddard studied PPE and Theology at Oxford University, completing a doctorate in Christian political thought. He has taught ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and Trinity College, Bristol. He is Senior Research Fellow at the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (KLICE) and Assistant Minister, St James the Less, Pimlico where his wife, Lis, is Vicar. His most recent books are ‘Good Disagreement? Grace and Truth in a Divided Church’ (edited with Andrew Atherstone) and ‘Rowan Williams: His Legacy,’ both with Lion Hudson.