by T. Derrick Witherington
from Modern Believing Vol 59:2 - April 2018

Abstract:

Homosexuality in the Anglican Communion is a contentious and polarizing 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 polarizations. Concretely, we make use of a ‘liturgical hermeneutic’ which we derive from the French theologian Louis-Marie Chauvet.

Keywords:

EPISCOPAL, SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, GENDER, HERMENEUTICS, HOMOSEXUALITY, LGBTQ, LITURGY, LOUIS-MARIE CHAUVET, SACRAMENTS, SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY


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