Faith, Belief and Scripture

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  • Title: Faith, Belief and Scripture: Anglicanism and Homosexuality
  • Author(s): Rob James
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Religion in Society
  • Keywords: Anglican Communion, Doctrines, Homosexuality
  • Year: 2011
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-86335-924-5
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-86335-925-2
  • DOI:
  • Citation: James, Rob. 2011. Faith, Belief and Scripture: Anglicanism and Homosexuality. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-86335-925-2/CGP.
  • Extent: 179 pages


The Anglican Communion has been tearing itself apart over the issue of homosexuality since the Lambeth Conference in 1998 and rumblings of discontent stretch back years before that. Most Anglican debate on homosexuality focuses the argument on the Bible. Does the Bible allow homosexuality or not? This book begins by taking one step back from the argument. It looks at what it means to approach a text as scripture, from the standpoint of faith. It then examines why the Bible is used to claim such radically different positions and why those who argue for either position can legitimately claim to find their argument supported by reading the Bible. Anglicans (and others) who disagree about what their scriptures claim need to understand why there is a disagreement. It is only by stepping back from the argument and trying to understand why it exists that any sort of resolution can ever be found.