Sydney College of Divinity

Free to Disagree? Freedom of Discussion in Theological Teaching

Presentation Abstract

Freedom to disagree is a hot topic in Christian theology at the moment, especially in Anglican circles. This paper demonstrates, by reference to Paul’s speech before Agrippa in Acts 26 and his defence of his freedom to speak at Acts 26.26, that confidence in our point of view may require that we speak frankly to those who disagree, even in circumstances where this may be dangerous in one way or another (nowadays, endangering our ability to head a parish or hold down an academic post, for example). But the point of view which we are defending must be rooted solidly in scripture and prayerful reflection on it, as Paul’s was.