Dr Ian Paul
Dr Ian Paul is Associate Minister at St Nic’s, Nottingham, Adjunct Professor of NT at Fuller Theological Seminary and Managing Editor of Grove Books Ltd. He blogs at www.psephizo.com.
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Paul does condemn all same-sex activity
Responding to David Instone-Brewer’s claims that God only condemned certain types of homosexual relationships, Ian Paul argues that there is no such basis in scripture
The Bishop of Oxford's surprising case for same-sex marriage is flawed
The Bishop of Oxford, Rt Rev Dr Steven Croft has come out publicly in favour of the Church of England changing its doctrine of marriage to include same-sex partnerships. But having studied the bishop's 48-page booklet, entitled Together in Love and Faith, Ian Paul believes the arguments are unconvincing
This MP wants to disestablish the CofE over its teaching on gay marriage. But he’s misunderstood what’s at stake
Ben Bradshaw MP has called for the Church of England to change its treatment of gay people or face disestablishment. But his comments belie a misunderstanding of the Church’s current position, says Dr Ian Paul
Does allowing same-sex marriage result in church decline? Here's what the numbers show
There are no growing church denominations in the UK that don’t hold a traditional view on sexuality and marriage, according to a new report. But is it that simple? Dr Ian Paul investigates
What matters most: sin or climate change?
Dr Ian Paul asks: does it have to be an either/or choice?
‘Bleeding for Jesus’ is a harrowing expose of John Smyth’s abuse. But the book’s conclusion is a theological mess
Andrew Graystone’s new book has been praised by Channel 4’s Cathy Newman for giving a "disturbing, devastating and damning account of abuser John Smyth.” But others are concerned the book has unnecessarily outed some of Smyth’s victims.
Mysteries of the Messiah claims to reveal biblical treasures. All I found was fools gold
There is nothing more exciting than seeing something new in scripture. But with every new discovery, we need to ask: is what I have ‘discovered’ really there, or is it a figment of my imagination?
Does the Bible prohibit sex before marriage?
Last week the Methodist Church affirmed the status of cohabitation. Many Christians have assumed the Bible forbids sex outside of marriage. But what do the texts actually say?
This film on sexuality isn't controversial, it's biblical
The new short film ‘The Beautiful Story’ about sex within heterosexual marriage has been labelled “anti-gay” by some Christians. On behalf of the Church of England’s Evangelical Council Ian Paul explains why there’s nothing shocking about a message that has been celebrated by Christians for two millennia
Richard Rohr's simple answers have nothing to do with orthodox Christianity
Rev Dr Ian Paul reviews Richard Rohr's new book The Universal Christ (SPCK)
Here's why Meghan Markle's divorce won't get in the way of her Royal marriage
Ian Paul asks whether a divorcee is a suitable wife for someone in line to the throne
Why changing the church’s theology on sexuality won’t result in growth
As the Church of England's General Synod votes on a bishops' report which states marriage should be between a man and a woman only, Ian Paul explains why holding to this traditional view is good news for church growth
Why suspending the Episcopalians demonstrates Welby's brilliant leadership
Dr Ian Paul analyses the Primates' decision to suspend the Episcopal Church from full participation in the Anglican Communion for the next three years
Church attendance is declining. Here's what should we do about it
Dr Ian Paul analyses the latest Church of England attendance figures and argues the Church will grow when it stands out from society, rather than blends in
What the Primates meeting means for the future of the Anglican Communion
The Primates of the Anglican Communion are meeting in Canterbury this week. The topic of homosexuality is expected to dominate discussion. Dr Ian Paul looks at the history of the Anglican Church's debates on this issue and explains what the future could hold
Sorry Giles, the virgin birth is central to Christmas
After Giles Fraser questioned the virgin birth on his Guardian blog, Ian Paul responds on why we abandon this central Christian truth at our peril.
A bluffer's guide to the Anglican Communion controversy
The headlines seem confused as to what Archbishop Welby has proposed this week. Dr Ian Paul looks at the history of the Anglican Church's homosexuality debates and explains what this latest announcement could actually mean.
For the Record: Tony Campolo needs to think again
Bible scholar Ian Paul says that Tony Campolo's new affirmation of same-sex relationships is at odds with his commitment to take the call of the gospel seriously.