Intimate Diversity

An Anglican Practical Theology of Interreligious Marriage


In Intimate Diversity Paul Smith explores theological implications of interreligious marriage. Taking a practical theology approach which begins with lived experience and works through a pastoral cycle involving interpretation, normative discussion and a pragmatic outcome, the book challenges the Church of England (or other denominations) fulfil three tasks: theological, pastoral and missional.

Paul Smith accepts the reality of marriage that involves couples from different religious traditions and proposes ways of justifying such marriage based on normative Christian traditions. He takes a broadly missional approach, advocating the positive role that the Church of England can play in fostering good interreligious relations in society whilst offering sympathetic pastoral support of couples who marry across religious divides.

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Paul A. Smith, DThMin (2009), King’s College, London, is an Anglican priest in a local ecumenical partnership in Milton Keynes, UK. He has over 35 years’ pastoral experience, and acts as an interfaith advisor in the Diocese of Oxford.
"A book like The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology has been needed for quite some time, and by writing it Sedgwick has given a great gift to scholars of Anglicanism, church history, and theological ethics." - Stewart Clem, Aquinas Institute of Theology, USA, in: Anglican Theological Review (2022).
All interested in missional and pastoral work, lay or ordained, parish ministers, theological educators and students; interreligious theologians, interfaith practitioners, interfaith couples. Missiology, pastoral practice, Sociology of religion, Christian marriage, sacraments.
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