Systemic evil and Christianity

Marilyn McCord Adams, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, England, explores the question of why “biblical religion that sees every person as created in God’s image so easily become a sponsor of human rights violations in the area of sex and gender?”

Reflecting on today’s conference – Faith, Homophobia, Transphobia and Human Rights 2009 at the Institute of Education:

In my view, there are two contributing factors. Both respond to the fact that biblical religion acknowledges a “size gap” between God and creatures: God is very, very big, and we are very, very small.


First, through the ages theology has attempted to bridge the size gap by

using social analogies to conceive of who God is to us and who we are to



The second contributing factor is the appeal to tradition. Biblical religion

can no more do without tradition than human children can rear


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