Category Archives: Church of England and gender

Counter-cultural Cranmer?

As a historian, I am disturbed by the email’s statement that “Cranmer wrote these prophetic words: ‘What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies’”.  

Because, quite simply, he didn’t.   Continue reading

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Deleted sex scenes from Living in Love and Faith (3)

Science isn’t neutral: it’s produced and read in particular social contexts Continue reading

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Deleted sex scenes from Living in Love and Faith (2)

What is the clitoris and what is it for? Continue reading

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Fight the good fight(s): the ordination of women and the human sexuality debate

I was struck recently by how all the celebratory pieces I was reading about the 25th anniversary of women priests were written from the point of view of those women whose vocations to priesthood were doubted (for many centuries) but … Continue reading

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Intersex in history

The risk of saying anything about people with VSC is that, not being one of them, I may have no right to comment. But I’m a historian, and there’s a history here, and perhaps my role is to inform people of that. Continue reading

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Men as the Brides of Christ?

Queer theology and how men have read the Song of Songs, courtesy of Stephen Moore Continue reading

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Can women be laity?

Here’s one of those great questions with a history that we have somehow forgotten about… This week, I’ve had the interesting experience of being an oral history source: interviewed by a student writing her dissertation on the history of the … Continue reading

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Pandora: the Greek Eve?

(John William Waterhouse, Pandora, 1896) I think this is the first time I’ve posted the same piece on two of my blogs, but the topic seems relevant to both, so here we go; this, like many of the pieces on … Continue reading

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Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch: a sermon

In one of those moments of diary failure with which we are all familiar, I thought that this coming Sunday I was down to preach at the 10 a.m. service immediately before the Annual Parochial Meeting. Wrong. I’m preaching at … Continue reading

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Nothing new here: how the human sexuality debate repeats the women priests debate

Should a sheep among wolves wear her wolfskin coat? Continue reading

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