I've just started reading a book about the Gospel of Thomas, which was one of the Dead Sea scrolls. No, I don't subscribe to the Dan Brown school of conspiracy-theory bibles, I'm just interested to know more about where the Bible came from and what was, or was not, included in it. This is a scholarly book written in the 1960s by two American academics. However, I've just come across the following passage from the Gospel of the Hebrews: When Christ wished to come upon earth to men, the Good Father summoned a mighty Power in the heavens which was called Michael and committed Christ to its care. And the Power came down into the world, and it was called Mary, and Christ was in her womb for seven months. Gosh, wouldn't that put the theological cat amongst the gay marriage pigeons?
Taken from our bishop's letter on the Same Sex Marriage bill:
'Whatever else happens, I hope that those of differing views on this contentious issue in our church and nation will treat each other with respect. In speaking about this matter as Christians we must be absolutely resolute in not giving any truck to homophobia. The Church's record here is not good. Whatever we think about same-sex marriage we need to proclaim as loudly as we can God's love in Christ for homosexual and heterosexual alike.'