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Philip Turner

The Rev. Dr. Philip Turner is a retired priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. He is the author of a number of books and articles, including Sex, Money and Power and Christian Ethics and the Church. He has served the Episcopal Church as a missionary, rector, and seminary professor and dean.

Beyond Policy Advocacy: Clarifying the Church’s Social Ministry

By Timothy Sedgwick and Philip Turner For the last 40 years we have been friends in conversation together as professors of Christian ethics at...

On Growing Old

By Philip Turner It is simply the case that everyone ages and everyone dies. Further, in aging, everyone, in small or large ways, becomes a...

Ethics: The Moral Issues of Aging

Death is a fact of life that plays a significant role in the ideation of elderly people. I have in mind the moral probity...

A Time of Trial: What Then Shall We Do?

By Philip Turner This is the third and final essay in a series on the challenges facing the churches in the midst of the pandemic...

What Is There to Talk About?

By Philip Turner Shortly before the recent election’s results were settled, I posted a short piece noting the extent of our divisions and the depth...

Thoughts on Our Election and the Cause and Remedy of Our Present Discontents

By Philip Turner As I sit down to write, though former Vice President Biden is slightly ahead, no clear winner of this election has been...

Six Goals of a Seminary Education

Here are my reflections after 50 years in theological education within the Episcopal Church and wider Anglican Communion.

Reflections on the Beginning of a New Era

My church has entered a period of decline, even stripping, in which its social position is eroding, its institutions are collapsing, and its common life lies in tatters.