Modern Believing

From Sherwin Bailey to Gay Marriage: Some Significant Developments in Christian Thought Since 1955

Modern Believing (2013), 54, (3), 201–212.

Abstract

Derrick Sherwin Bailey (1910-1984) produced his influential Homosexuality and the Western Christian Tradition in 1955, making the theological case for the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in Britain. This was achieved in 1967. Bailey was content that the Church continued to view homosexual acts as grave moral errors. This article rehearses the heart of Bailey's argument, and, in the light of five developments since Bailey, suggests that it is now time for the Church to take a step as momentous as the State now proposes, by dealing with all sexual relationships on exactly the same terms.

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Wilson, Michael