The sexual revolution as a case study
Rev. Dr. Mathew Clark
Tuesday 17th October
8pm at Lindisfarne House
4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester WR1 3JS
Dr Mathew Clark
A popular book once argued that men and women come from different planets – Mars and Venus. This useful metaphor can be invoked in understanding differences in the basic understanding that each of us brings to any discussion of issues such as human sexuality, science and religion, and the value of human life. In 1945 both religious and public morality affirmed (yes, often hypocritically) that legitimate sexual intimacy should occur solely within the bounds of a permanent hetero-sexual marriage covenant. For a sixteen-year old in 2017 UK, 1945 sounds like an alien planet. This talk focuses on the philosophical and cultural transition underlying the change, and reflects on the dynamics of two opposing world-views in conflict: Judaeo-Christian and secular humanist.
Rev. Dr. Clark is the Dean of Doctoral Studies at Regent’s Theological College, Malvern.
All welcome – entry and refreshments free (coffee and cake) – optional donation – free parking. For more information, please call 01905 641987.
It is very common for couples to live together without marrying, at any rate for many years. Some people have suggested that marriage could disappear altogether from the social scene within less than a century. Everyone can point to at least one or two couples they know personally, who appear to be perfectly happy, bringing up families successfully, without ever bothering about a marriage certificate or a service in church. We also know people who have followed the traditional path and subsequently divorced.
Critics have expressed anxiety that the average length of unmarried relationships is considerably shorter than that of traditional marriages, and that the legal position of one partner is often weaker than it should be if the relationship ends. The separation can be as painful in cohabitation as in a divorce, notably for the children, and the pain may last longer for the children even than for their parents.
Most Christians still get married, but they may well be concerned that their fellow citizens are not always sufficiently aware of the advantages of marriage, even for unbelievers. The reasons why Christians in particular should get married, if they are consistent in their beliefs, are also sometimes only vaguely understood. We hope that Philippa Taylor, Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship, who has studied the subject in considerable depth, will be able to throw some light on a highly controversial area of modern life.
All are welcome, and there will be coffee and cake at the end of the talk.
John Wyatt Talk 3rd Nov 2015
The current season of Bible and Science talks continues on Tuesday 3rd November, when our speaker will be Professor John Wyatt, who until recently was Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College London, and is also the author of “Matters of Life and Death” (IVP).
His subject is “Assisted Suicide – do hard cases really make poor law?”
There have always been people who have had to struggle with chronic ill-health. Nowadays, thanks to modern medical science, we live longer than previous generations and degenerative diseases are more prevalent. It is thought that almost a million British people live with dementia or other debilitating diseases. Still more fear such things might happen to them and some wish to take control of the timing and manner of their death. The call to legalise assisted suicide is back on the political agenda. Polls suggest that a majority of the public would be in favour of such a change to the law, and religious opposition is seen simply as another example of ingrained conservatism. Doctors, however, do not want to terminate life and there is also strong opposition from disabled people who fear that a right to die would soon become a duty to die, as has happened in parts of Europe where euthanasia and assisted suicide have become legal. Professor Wyatt will discuss these issues.
For those of you who have attended talks regularly over the last few years, and know that we have frequently met on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, please not that there will NOT be a talk on Tuesday 20th October. We hope to see you on 3rd November, 8pm at Lindisfarne House, 4 Barbourne Terrace, Worcester WR1 3JS. Do feel free to forward this email to any friends you think would be interested in coming along too.
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