Marriage in Biblical and Christian Perspective

A day conference at St Matthew’s Westminster on January 25, 2014 examined the concept of marriage in biblical and historical perspective. The conference was organized by Affirming Catholicism. The audio of each talk at the conference is available on YouTube.

Professor Jorunn Økland (Centre for Gender Studies, Oslo)
Paul, marriage and the New Testament

Dr Cally Hammond (Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge)
Augustine and early church understandings of marriage

Dr Hannah Cleugh (University College, Durham)
Marriage, the Reformation and the BCP

Dr Jeremy Morris (King’s College Cambridge)
Marriage and the Church of England in the nineteenth century

Dr Iain McLean (Nuffield College, Oxford)
Establishment, politics and same-sex marriage after the Pilling Report

Marriage has been much in the news recently. Some are adamant that the Christian ideal of marriage is and can only be between one man and one woman, providing the proper context in which children are conceived and raised. Others understand deep committed relationships to be God-given and marriage-like, regardless of whether they are between a man and a woman, two women, or two men.

Our conference held on Saturday 25 January 2014 at St Matthew’s House Westminster offered an opportunity to consider how marriage is presented in Scripture and how it has been framed through Christian history, and to explore the Church of England’s current position on marriage and same-sex relationships.

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