The organizer of the Lambeth Bible Studies, Professor Gerald West said, when challenged, that he had no opinion about Lambeth resolution 1:10 which said that sexual relations are only acceptable within the framework of heterosexual marriage.He
also said he
had never read Rowan Williams booklet, "The Body's Grace."West, a Professor of Old Testament at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and coordinator of the Bible Studies at the 2008 Lambeth Conference has an impressive academic CV.He
was clearly chosen by the Lambeth Design Team for his
liberal views in order to persuade Anglican bishops that homosexuality is acceptable in the eyes of God.
According to reports VOL has received, here is what he
says about same sex marriage in South Africa: "Those churches (and other religious institutions) with unambiguous negative positions on same-sex marriage have been most vocal.What has been absent in the debate has been the voice of those churches who have a tradition of taking a stand with the marginalised in society."West
said the clearest voice had been that of the South African Council of Churches
(SACC), which had not only defended the right of the state to amend the legislation, but had also provided a theological argument for why the church ought to respond positively to this change.
offered a literary interpretation of the Genesis account of Sodom and Gomorrah, that the sin at hand was "inhospitality, expressed through male rape.It may have nothing at all to do with homosexuality."Whenever Sodom and Gomorrah are mentioned in the Bible, he
said, "It's always about injustice and inhospitality." When VirtueOnline reporter Hans Zeiger asked West whether there are wide differences in the Anglican Communion over Biblical authority, and if so, whether it is even possible to apply a Biblical standard to sexual ethics, West replied, "I don't believe that it's widely different.
In 1995 West
gave' a series of lectures, seminars and workshops in order to challenge his
hearers to envisage new possibilities of reading the Bible "with" marginalized people.
Participants at his
lectures, seminars and workshops started asking questions such as: The marginalized were identified as:"Those who are disabled, homosexuals, lesbians, prisoners/ex-prisoners, women, ethnic minorities.The marginalized are therefore those alienated socially and legally". West
listed four elements of applying Scripture to Communion decisions: "a common commitment to be shaped by Scripture," an attention to the detail of Scripture, "a common commitment to bring our contexts into engagement with Scripture," and an "ecclesio-theological framework" that "holds us all together."West
also said that the current Anglican controversies represent a transitional stage in the Communion.He
said that missionaries who brought Christianity to South Africa were colonial imperialists, but that Africa is now in the process of moving beyond imperialism.