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What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

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Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.

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Church Times response to Intersex and Ontology paper

The Church Times (2 March 2012) has published an article by Madeleine Davies about Susannah Cornwall's paper, "Intersex and Intology: A Response to The Church, Women Bishops and Provision". It's entitled "Intersex bodies brought into the ordination debate". Here's an excerpt:

Intersex conditions undermine the assumptions about the clear delineation between male and female which underpin the theology of Christians that oppose women bishops.

This is the argument of a new paper, Intersex and Ontology, by Dr Susannah Cornwall, a researcher at the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester.

She is writing in response to the Latimer Trust-sponsored publica­tion The Church, Women Bishops and Provision, which argues against women bishops from an Evangelical standpoint. Dr Cornwall says that many contemporary theological accounts of sex, gender, and sexuality take too little heed to the existence of physical intersex conditions.

“The important question is what definition of maleness the authors of The Church, Women Bishops and Provision are using, and what it is in which they believe that maleness inheres,” she writes. “Intersex dis­turbs the discreteness of maleness and femaleness, and might therefore also disturb the gendered roles which are pinned to them.”

It is estimated that about one in every 2500 people is born with some kind of physical intersex condition, where there is physical ambiguity of the genitalia or a “mismatch” between the genitalia and other physical characteristics. Dr Cornwall believes that “very little” has been written about the impact of such conditions on theology and the Church’s ministry.

“Generally, there has been a growing awareness that intersex exists but not specifically theological reflection,” she said. “The pastoral concern is the big impetus for my project, but I don’t think it’s possible to do that without thinking about the theological considerations.” 



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