Humming away, it seems to me, in the background of any church move today towards some kind of formal endorsement of ordination of partnered gays or blessing of same-sex partnerships, is the question of Christian understanding of marriage. Also, I suggest, right at the beginning, so not to lose sight of it, is the question of Christian understanding of friendship.
What is marriage? Is Christian marriage distinctive relative to other understandings of marriage?
Here I simply introduce a few thoughts by way of a question or two:
Is Christian marriage ...
- between a man and a woman
- exclusive to the couple
- for life?
Must Christian marriage be open to producing children?
PS: See also this post and posts linked to it at The Conciliar Anglican.