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ANVIL

Anglican Evangelical Journal for Theology and Mission

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Cracking the Binary Code

Benny Hazlehurst
Published Online: 2014-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/anv-2013-0012

Abstract

This paper offers a critique of the ‘binary’ nature of much biblical interpretation and ethical belief in the Church, rejecting simplistic ‘either-or’ approaches to both. Instead there is offered an interpretation of key biblical texts through the lenses of circumstances, needs and motivation. It is argued that, when these factors are taken into account, even for Evangelicals, there is no longer a substantive biblical case against the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships and the development of a positive Christian ethic for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. At the very least, the complexity of the interpretive task must lead to greater openness to and acceptance of those from whom we differ.

About the article

Benny Hazlehurst

The Revd Benny Hazlehurst is a husband, father, priest in the Church of England and prison chaplain. He is also a founder member of Accepting Evangelicals, an open network of Evangelical Christians ‘who believe the time has come to move towards the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships at every level of church life, and the development of a positive Christian ethic for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’.


Published Online: 2014-03-11

Published in Print: 2014-03-01


Citation Information: ANVIL, ISSN (Print) 0969-7373, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/anv-2013-0012.

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