Author Archives: Graham Veale

What does it mean to be contrary to nature? (Part II)

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So the church believes that marriage is part of God’s plan for us; that monogamy as written into God’s creation (see part 1). But hold on: isn’t everyone awash with passions which conflict with this view of human nature?

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What does it mean to be “contrary to nature”? Part I

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The Irish Presbyterian Church continues to endure sustained criticism for deciding that individuals in same-sex relationships cannot become full-members:

In light of our understanding of Scripture and the Church’s understanding of a credible profession of faith, it is clear that same-sex couples are not eligible for communicant membership nor are they qualified to receive baptism for their children.

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Jesus, the Church, and Redefining Marriage: A Trilemma

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Recently, there has been a deafening demand for a more tolerant and progressive view of marriage in Northern Irish churches. That creates a problem for any elder or minister who wants to follow Jesus’ teaching. When it comes to marriage, Jesus’s beliefs are just going to annoy moderns.

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Sex, Fundamentalism and Irish Presbyterians

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Culture warriors might be interested in events North of the Irish border, as the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has decided that:

same-sex couples are not eligible for communicant membership nor are they qualified to receive baptism for their children.

This decision has caused some controversy within the Presbyterian church; but the reaction in the secular press has tended towards the hysterical.

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Secular Sectarianism: A Plea for a Wee Bit of Tolerance

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I doubt that anyone would be surprised to see sectarianism resurfacing in Northern Ireland. Of course, its finest practitioners have grown more subtle than the bigots of the past. Derogatory epithets and invidious claims to cultural superiority are now masked by the language of group rights and cries for respect and equality.

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