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Thursday, 28 February 2019, 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Gender, Marriage, Divorce and Human Sexuality

The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge

Is ‘morality’ principally about sex, or ‘naughty vicars’? Despite Henry VIII, the Church has found divorce difficult, especially for clergy and bishops, let alone ‘equal marriage’ for same-sex couples, the role of women in ordained ministry or transgender issues. 

This lecture examines the relevant references in the New Testament (which are surprisingly fewer than references to money or violence) particularly in the context of ancient Jewish and Roman assumptions. Can a ‘biblical’ view of sexuality and gender assist today’s ethical debates?

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The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge is Visiting Professor of Ethics and Theology at Gresham College. He has been Dean of King's College London since 1994 and is thus responsible for overseeing the spiritual development and welfare of students and staff. Professor Burridge is also a Church of England priest and in 2008 he received a personal Chair in Biblical Interpretation at King’s College London.

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