Category Archives: Churches

Women priests: are liberals being inconsistent?

No, sex and women priests are not the same thing. In the continuing debate over the Bishop of Sheffield, liberals are often accused of saying one thing about women priests and the opposite about same-sex partnerships. I am grateful to … Continue reading

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Are liberals illiberal about women priests?

Exclusive inclusives! Intolerant tolerance! When Philip North announced his withdrawal from the post of Bishop of Sheffield, it was open season for his supporters to accuse liberals of being illiberal. This post is a defence of liberalism, inclusiveness and tolerance.

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Sheffield’s women and Christian sacraments

This is the third of three blog posts responding to the appointment of Philip North, an opponent of women priests, as Bishop of Sheffield. In the first I described Martyn Percy’s argument that the appointment should not proceed as long … Continue reading

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Sheffield’s women and church fudge

This is the second of three blog posts responding to the appointment of Philip North, an opponent of women priests, as Bishop of Sheffield. In the first I described Martyn Percy’s argument that the appointment should not proceed as long … Continue reading

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Sheffield’s women: who should tolerate what?

Outcry all round. Philip North, the suffragan Bishop of Burnley who opposes the ordination of women, is to become the next Bishop of Sheffield. This is the first of three posts on the subject. It is a diocesan post, so … Continue reading

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What was that about the Bible?

The BBC’s Today programme this morning interviewed Simon Sarmiento and Susie Leafe on the Church of England House of Bishops’ recent report on same-sex partnerships. If you want to listen to it it’s here , 1:21:45 in. Simon was very … Continue reading

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You will be free to do what we tell you

The Church of England’s General Synod is due to meet on 15th February, and some bizarre preparations are being made. This post is about a long document, Setting God’s People Free , written by the Archbishops’ Council. On behalf of … Continue reading

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Here we go again

‘My primary feeling on reading the document was “here we go again”‘, Miranda Threlfall-Holmes remarks on her excellent response to the latest report from the Church of England’s House of Bishops on the apparently never-ending issue of same-sex relationships. The … Continue reading

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Why does it matter about God?

This post is about God. Not about whether God exists, or what God is like, but why it matters – if at all. Most church leaders these days agonise over the declining numbers who attend church services, so it might … Continue reading

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Liberal theology and the Trinity

We at Modern Church sometimes get asked what our line is on a particular religious topic. Recently we have been asked about the Trinity. We usually avoid having a line on specific religious doctrines. The whole point of liberal theology … Continue reading

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