Reimagining Christianity and Sexual Diversity in Africa (2021)
Author(s): Adriaan van Klinken, Ezra Chitando
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Academic writing, Contemporary Christian practice and experience, and Studies in Religion
Topic(s): African Christianity and Queer theology
Especially suitable for: Academics and Theological educators
The authors show not only that African Christian traditions harbour strong potential for countering conservative anti-LGBTI+ dynamics; but also that this potential has already begun to be realised by various thinkers, activists and movements across the continent. Their ten case studies document how leading African writers are reimagining Christian thought; how several Christian-inspired groups are transforming religious practice; and how African cultural production creatively appropriates Christian beliefs and symbols. In short, the book explores Christianity as a major resource for a liberating imagination and politics of sexuality and social justice in Africa today.
Adriaan van Klinken is Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds, and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa), in the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice. At Leeds, he also serves as Director of both the Centre for Religion and Public Life and the Leeds University Centre for African Studies. His prolific research is predominantly focused on the intersection of religion, gender, and sexuality in contemporary African settings.
Adriaan is a gay man, married to his partner Casper.
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