Will Jones writes: The Bishop of Bangor in the Church in Wales, Andy John, has written an Episcopal Letter outlining a theological and scriptural justification for marrying same-sex couples.
The letter is worthy of proper consideration because of its very fair and clear (albeit brief) exposition of both the conservative position and Bishop Andy’s own affirming position. Notably, the bishop avoids any of the unconvincing attempts sometimes made by proponents of a liberal view to construe scriptural texts in a way which changes their plain and accepted meaning. Bishop Andy is clear that he accepts the historic understanding of (and scholarly consensus on) these texts.
Instead of questioning the meaning of scriptural passages, the bishop appeals to ‘other sources of authority such as reason, scientific evidence and in serious dialogue with other disciplines’. This is not crude rationalistic liberalism, however, as an important step in his argument is that he sets out a biblical justification as to why scripture itself mandates us to go beyond it.