by Rob Clucas
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Abstract:

In this article, I discuss the situation of trans people within the Church of England. I outline instances of legal and institutional discrimination in the following situations: the Equality Act 2010 in the context of employment, promotion and training; trans candidates for ordination; and marriage involving (a) trans person(s). I discuss some theology relating to this discrimination. I explain the impact of disadvantage and discrimination for minority groups with reference to minority stress, and clarify the microaggressive messages contained in differential institutional treatment for trans people. I suggest that the harm done by Church discrimination against trans people is real and significant, and ought to be recognized and addressed. 

Keywords:

CHURCH OF ENGLAND; DISCRIMINATION; DISCRETION; EQUALITY ACT 2010; LGBT; MARRIAGE; MICROAGGRESSIONS; MINORITY STRESS; ORDINATION; PREJUDICE; TRANS; TRANSGENDER.


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University website (Free to access in full until 26th February 2018]. or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

by Andrew Worthley 
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Abstract:

Despite recent legislative and policy improvements regarding transgender equality, levels of awareness and understanding vary significantly. The Equality Act 2010 extended protection of trans rights through the Public Sector Equality Duty (“PSED”), forming part of what Cathi Albertyn terms ‘transformative equality’. The Church constitutes the statistically major faith group in the UK, with the Church of England holding the greatest claim to quasi-public status. This paper therefore proposes that the Church of England volunteers to bring itself into line with the Public Sector by adopting its own version of the PSED, or a ‘Faith Sector Equality Duty.’ Commitment to such an overarching ethos would effectively constitute an optimal form of ‘enforced self-regulation’ and so invigorate the rights of trans people in the UK.

Keywords:

CHURCH, DUTY, EQUALITY, FAITH, LAW, PUBLIC, RIGHTS, SECTOR, TRANS, TRANSFORMATIVE.


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

by Jonathan Herring
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Abstract:

This article considers the definition of sex in English law. It argues that the current position is deeply flawed and reflects a heterosexist binary model of sex. With a particular focus on intersex people and theological writings on sexuality, it argues for the abolition of sex as a legal category. This opens up exciting new ways of thinking about, for example, marriage, as a relationship based around care, rather than sex.

Keywords:

SEX, INTERSEX, LAW, MALE, FEMALE, CARE, MARRIAGE


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

by Duncan Dormor
from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 - October 2017

Abstract:

Over the last couple of decades many liberal and mainstream Protestant denominations have welcomed transgender Christians as congregational members and affirmed their ministry as leaders and teachers. A growing number of Protestant churches in Europe and the USA ordain transgender people as pastors and teachers and conduct weddings for transgender people in their confirmed gender. The issues raised by transgender are complex for religious authorities and churches in the modern world, as they have an impact upon communities, relationships between believers, and shared understandings of the sacred. Three catalysts for change have been ministers or priests who have transitioned and sought clear validation about their continuing public role as Christian teachers and leaders; the requirement for churches to respond to newly-introduced legislation which gives transgender people certain marriage and employment rights; and the consciousness-raising of a growing number of advocates and lobbying groups within the churches. Consequently, there has been slow but steady progress in the acceptance of transgender people within the Christian community across the spectrum of mainstream Protestant denominations.

Keywords:

TRANSGENDER, PROTESTANT, CHRISTIANITY, LEGISLATION, LEGAL STATUS


You can read the full article on the Liverpool University Press website (subscription required) or join Modern Church and receive your own copy of our journal quarterly.

from Modern Believing Vol 58:4 • previous edition • next edition

The Changing Soul of Europe: Religions and Migrations in Northern and Southern Europe
H. C. R. Vilaça, E. Pace, I. Furseth and P. Pettersson, eds.
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Pp. xiv, 265. Hb. £65.
ISBN 978-1-4724-3469-2.

Review by Susanna Snyder, University of Roehampton


Between Kin and Cosmopolis: An Ethic of the Nation
N. J. Biggar
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. xii, 109. Pb. £17.50.
ISBN 978-0-227-17472-2.

Review by Stephen Backhouse, St Mellitus College, London


What in God’s Name Are You Eating? How Can Christians Live and Eat Responsibly in Today’s Global Village?
A. Francis
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. viii, 157. Pb. £17.50.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9381-1.

Review by Jennifer Brown, Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, and Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford


Exploring Earthiness: The Reality and Perception of Being Human Today
A. V. Primavesi
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. xxii, 154. Pb. £17.50.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9339-2.

Review by Graham Usher, Diocese of Worcester


Being as Communion: A Metaphysics of Information
W. A. Dembski
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Pp. xviii, 218. Pb. £17.99.
ISBN 978-0-7546-3858-2.

Review by Mark Harris, University of Edinburgh


Panentheism across the World’s Traditions
L. Biernacki and P. D. Clayton, eds.
New York: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xii, 218. Hb.
ISBN 978-0-19-998989-8.
Finding All Things in God: Pansacramentalism and Doing Theology Interreligiously
H. S. Gustafson, Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2017. Pp. xvi, 339. Pb. £30.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9490-0.

Reviews by Michael Brierley, Worcester Cathedral


Negating Negation: Against the Apophatic Abandonment of the Dionysian Corpus
T. D. Knepper
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. xviii, 151. Pb. £16.50.
ISBN 978-0-227-17455-5.

Review by Marika Rose, University of Winchester


When the Eternal Can Be Met: The Bergsonian Theology of Time in the Works of C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, and W. H. Auden.
J. C. Latta
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. vi, 226. Pb. £22.50.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9360-6.

Review by Alexander D. Garton, University of Cambridge


Communion with the Triune God: The Trinitarian Soteriology of T. F. Torrance
D. O. Eugenio
Cambridge: James Clarke and Co., 2014. Pp. xxii, 242. Pb. £23.50
ISBN 978-0-227-17453-1.

Review by Bobby Grow, Vancouver, WA


Pannenberg on Evil, Love and God: The Realisation of Divine Love
M. D. Hocknull
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Pp. viii, 201. Hb. £60
ISBN 978-1-4094-6338-2.

Review by Christiaan Mostert, University of Divinity, Melbourne


Marion and Theology
C. M. Gschwandtner
London and New York: Bloomsbury T. and T. Clark, 2016. Pp. x, 159. Pb. £21.99
ISBN 978-0-567-66021-3.

Review by John Reader, Ironstone Benefice, William Temple Foundation and University of Worcester


Praying to a French God: The Theology of Jean-Yves Lacoste
K. J. Wardley
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Pp. xii, 246. Hb. £60.
ISBN 978-1-4724-2865-3.

Review by Edmund Newey, Christ Church, Oxford


The Way of Christ-likeness: Being Transformed by the Liturgies of Lent, Holy Week and Easter
M. F. Perham
London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016. Pp. x, 155. Pb.
ISBN 978-1-84825-901-0.

Review by Bridget Nichols, Church of Ireland Theological Institute, Dublin


Wrestling with the Word: Preaching Tricky Texts
K. S. Bruce and J. H. Harrison, eds.
London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. xxii, 159. Pb. £12.99.
ISBN 978-0-281-07648-2.
Waiting on the Word: Preaching Sermons that Connect People to God
L. M. Cavanagh
London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2017. Pp. xii, 147. Pb. £12.99
ISBN 978-0-232-53262-3

Review by Susan Durber, Taunton


SCM Study Guide to Preaching
P. K. Stevenson
London: SCM Press, 2017. Pp. xii, 268. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-334-04374-4.

Review by Rosalind Brown, Durham Cathedral


Making Nothing Happen: Five Poets Explore Faith and Spirituality
G. D’Costa, E. M. Nesbitt, R. M. Pryce, R. Shelton and N. M. Slee
Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2014. Pp. xiv, 215. Pb. £19.99.
ISBN 978-1-4094-5515-8.

Review by Emma Mason, University of Warwick


Finding God in the Psalms: Sing, Pray, Live
N. T. Wright
London: SPCK, 2014. Pp. viii, 200. Pb. £9.99.
ISBN 978-0-281-06989-7.

Review by Alison Gray, Westminster College, Cambridge


Bible and Interpretation: The Collected Essays of James Barr, 3 vols.
J. Barton, ed.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013-14. Pp. xxxiv, 568; xii, 619; xii, 798. Hb. £355.
ISBN 978-0-19-826192-6.

Review by Richard Briggs, Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham


Playing with Dragons: Living with Suffering and God
A. R. Angel
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. xviii, 120. Pb. £16.50.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9348-4.

Review by Marina Hannus, University of Exeter


Conversations with the New Testament
J. I. Holdsworth
London: SCM Press, 2014. Pp. viii, 135. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-334-04413-0.

Review by Andrew Angel, Burgess Hill


Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality
R. Rohr
London: SPCK, 2016. Pp. x, 238. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-281-07516-4.

Review by Gordon Mursell, Kirkcudbright


The Drama of Living: Becoming Wise in the Spirit
D. F. Ford
London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2014. Pp. xviii, 216. Pb.
ISBN 978-1-84825-538-8.

Review by Nicola Slee, Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham


Theatrical Theology: Explorations in Performing the Faith
W. Vander Lugt and T. A. Hart, eds.
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2015. Pp. xviii, 278. Pb. £21.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9384-2.

Review by Nick Baldock, Lancing College


The Games People Play: Theology, Religion, and Sport
R. A. Ellis
Cambridge: Lutterworth Press, 2014. Pp. x, 323. Pb. £24.
ISBN 978-0-7188-9371-2.
A Brief Theology of Sport
L. Harvey
London: SCM Press, 2014. Pp. xxii, 130. Pb.
ISBN 978-0-334-04418-5.

Review by Christopher Evans, Boston University


Speaking of Faith: The Winchester Dialogues
J. Miller, ed.
London: Canterbury Press Norwich, 2016. Pp. x, 229. Pb.
ISBN 978-1-84825-920-1.

Review by Richard Harries, Barnes, London