Alternative truths abounded last night after the General Synod vote on the bishops\’ report on human sexuality came through and the House of Clergy voted by a narrow margin not to take note of it.
CHR Comment: A closer look at the working of the Church of England’s General Synod as the three houses—bishops, clergy, and laity—vote on issues of human sexuality.
Source: Why The General Synod\’s Vote Last Night Was Bad For Everyone | Christian News on Christian Today
Whereas 84 percent of all Americans believe such behavior would be unacceptable, only 47 percent of all French and 60 percent of all Germans think so.
CHR Comment: The study reveals surprising differences in the views of Americans and Europeans on the topic of adultery. However, as the final story in the article reveals, a complicating factor is that Europeans increasingly do not marry but live together. Without the bond of marriage, opinions about what constitutes adultery may have changed. In America, churches still strongly oppose adultery while liberal churches are changing other moral standards regarding sex.
Source: Americans condemn adultery, but many Europeans don’t — and probably never will – The Washington Post
(UPDATED) Larycia Hawkins ‘flummoxed and flabbergasted’ by decision; Chicago Tribune had praised ‘remarkable tolerance’ of both sides.
CHR Comment: College leadership has asked Prof. Hawkins to explain her understanding of the college’s statement of faith four times and on a variety of issues including: theology proper, liberation theology, and sexuality. It seems clear that Prof. Hawkins is pushing the boundaries of her institution’s understanding of the Christian faith. The article explains that her views are minority positions held among American Evangelicals. Her tenure with the college is terminated for two years but may be restored.
Source: Wheaton College Recommends Terminating Tenured Professor over… | Gleanings | ChristianityToday.com
A good essay built from recent church history. The author also points out that Christians outside Europe and the United States—where the growth is taking place—still hold to biblical doctrine and practice as standards.
Must Christianity change its sexual ethics? History may hold the key (COMMENTARY) – Religion News Service.