The Preface of the SEC essay explains that
As members of the Doctrine Committee of the Faith and Order Board we represent a number of different views ourselves; we are by no means in full agreement on the important questions surrounding marriage and we by no means possess all of the answers. And yet, we offer this Essay as our attempt to help chart a way forward. We have tried to avoid prejudicing one view over another, and instead have sought to provide an honest appraisal of the various issues which influence the state of debate at present.This intention seems to have been taken seriously.
The SEC document is substantially longer than the CofE one. The items in its table of contents hint at its comprehensiveness:
- Historical Perspectives
- Biblical Perspectives
- The Old Testament
- The New Testament
- A synthesis of Old and New?
- The church’s official teaching
- Canon Law
- Ingredients of marriage
- The church’s Liturgy: marriage as worship?
- Scientific Perspectives
- Brain structure
- In utero hormones
- Worldwide Anglican and Ecumenical Perspectives
- Covenant versus contract
- Pastoral Perspective
- Further reading
Thinking Anglicans has linked to some criticism about the SEC essay. (See comments by Beth Routledge and Kelvin Holdsworth.) There is some legitimate criticism here, but the essay does not intend to draw conclusions. It is, in any case, much more useful than the report recently released by the Church of England.ReplyDelete