Religion is a Queer Thing: A Guide to the Christian Faith for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People (1997)
Author(s): Elizabeth Stuart
Amazon UK: Religion is a Queer Thing
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Academic writing, Liturgy/worship, Spirituality, Studies in Religion, and Theology
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Biblical studies, Gender identity, Journeys towards acceptance, Queer theology, Same-sex relationships, Spirituality, Studies in Religion, and Transgender people
Since the 1980s there has been a sea-change amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Christians. Many are no longer content to beg a place at the pre-existing table of the institutional Churches. Rather they have found a new confidence in their ability to define their own experience and think theologically about it. Queer theology has emerged as a distinctive, radical and explosive theological tradition of which all in the churches will eventually have to take notice. This theology exposes the heterosexist thought-patterns and assumptions that underlie many Christian doctrines and practices and rescues parts of the tradition helpful to queer Christians which may have been lost along the way. Most importantly of all, it fashions Christian theologies untainted by homophobia and heterosexism.
This book makes queer theology available and accessible to the general reader and encourages its readers to become part of the ongoing development of this theology. It is aimed primarily at queer people who are either new to Christianity or those who are interested in reflecting upon their Christian faith from a queer perspective. It is a study guide which can be used by groups and by individuals and contains exercises and liturgies as well as explanations of queer theology. Subjects covered include the Bible, salvation, Christ, body theology, God, the church, death and ethics, Christian LGBT support groups, churches and individuals.
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