Gresham Lecture, 28 February 2019
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?
Richard was elected Visiting Gresham Professor in Ethics and Theology in 2018, a prestigious appointment at the oldest centre of higher education in London (founded in 1597).