Lord Jenkin’s theology

Timothy Kincaid

June 6th, 2013

Sometimes you read something that simply must be shared.

Patrick Jenkin is a rather accomplished man from a distinguished family. He served in several positions in the Thatcher Cabinet and has been Baron Jenkin of Roding since 1987.

In the debate in the House of Lords over marriage equality, Lord Jenkin said the following: (PinkNews)

Finally, I return to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Leicester. I hope that he will not feel it is unfair if I call him my “old friend”, as indeed he is. I have come to the firm conclusion that there is nothing to fear in gay marriage and that, indeed, it will be a positive good not just for same-gender unions but for the institution of marriage generally. The effect will be to put right at the centre of marriage the concept of a stable, loving relationship. As a practising Christian, perhaps I may make the point to the Bishops’ Benches, including to the most reverend Primate, that there is every reason why, in time, the Anglican Church should come to accept that, although I recognise that it may take some time. The character of love which marriage reflects—that it is faithful, stable, tough, unselfish and unconditional—is the same character that most Christians see in the love of God. Marriage is therefore holy, not because it is ordained by God, but because it reflects that most important central truth of our religion: the love of God for all of us.

This is a very compelling argument for those who value their faith as something more than a mask for their prejudices.

JCF

June 7th, 2013

Amen!

Hunter

June 7th, 2013

That’s the best argument I’ve seen against the “God’s design for marriage” contingent. Bless him.

JB

June 7th, 2013

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, Timothy.

Ben In Oakland

June 7th, 2013

I love it when Christians are actually Christian.

Neil

June 7th, 2013

This is all very well but the good Lord’s theology will always be endlessly debatable. There’s no slam dunk to save Christianity.

Navigating the obstacles of translating ancient languages will always allow a sure route to anti-gay sentiments for those who seek them. This is, of course, helped by many translations to English readily employing a reading that condemns homosexuality outright.

A better Christianity won’t come about from a better understanding of the literary context of the Bible. Reform is more likely to happen through a receding traditionalist mindset caused by the reality of LGBT equality and recognition. Mainstream Christianity will adapt to the new normal.

Lord Jenkin has found good words to profess a Christian view without sounding like a complete ass. Good for him.

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