Indecent Theology / Edition 1

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Indecent Theology brings liberation theology up to date by introducing the radical critical approaches of gender, postcolonial, and queer theory. Grounded in actual examples from Latin America, Marcella Althaus-Reid's highly provocative, but immaculately researched book reworks three distinct areas of theology - sexual, political and systematic. It exposes the connections between theology, sexuality and politics, whilst initiating a dramatic sexual rereading of systematic theology.
Groundbreaking, intriguing and scholarly, Indecent Theology broadens the debate on sexuality and theology as never before.

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'This is imaginative theology at its best - theoretically challenging, politically inspired and physically embodied ... it beautifully disturbs and sets a new agenda for a 'Queer' theology ... to embrace the world of unknown and unexplored theological desires.' - Jeremy Carrette, University of Stirling, Literature and Theology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415236041
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/15/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The fragrance of Women's Liberation Theology: odours of sex and lemons on the streets of Buenos Aires 1
In Buenos Aires 2
The continuation of Liberation Theology 4
Feminist Liberation Theology: the Caminata continues 6
1 Indecent proposals for women who would like to do theology without using underwear 11
The collapse of the Grand Narratives of Latin America: theology and sexual mutilations 11
On Liberation Theology: a history of usury 19
How theological work is alienated from the workers 21
The market of Systematic Theology: lemons, senora, and some hermeneutical circles me compra pue ... 23
Indecency and liberation 27
On Teologia Feminista Latina: the poverty of sexuality 33
Theology 'with women's eyes' 37
In bed with the Madonna 39
Mary Mother of God, Mummy of the Poor? 40
Does theology need an anthropology or Mujeriology? 44
2 The indecent Virgin 47
Sexual positions: locating the G(od) spot of virginal reflections 47
Worthy speculations: investing in the Virgin 50
Vanilla Mariology 51
Making theological violence sexy 57
What does the Guadalupana have under her skirts? 60
Mary, Queer of Heaven and Mother of Faggots ... 63
Mary as a historic figure? Now, that is Queer 71
Are there any skeletons hidden in the Virginal cupboard? 74
Mary, the drag queen (or is it Jesus cross-dressing?) 78
The popular theology of transvestism 79
La Difunta Correa (The Deceased Correa) and other loose canons of popular Sexual Theology 83
3 Talking obscenities to theology: theology as a sexual act 87
Perlverting Systematic Theology and the case of Vanilla Christianity 87
Indecent models of God: perlverting interpretations 89
Pure simulations: terror and obscenity in the Gospel family 96
Perlverse variations: Un Amor de Chicas Muertas 99
By purity and by viscosity: obscene thoughts of the Single-God 102
Obscenity as the way to avoid unnecessary transcendence 110
Some theological perlversions 112
4 The theology of sexual stories 125
French kissing God: the sexual hermeneutic circle of interpretation 125
Nationalistic X sex (es) 132
Oral sex: sexual hi/storias in oral theology 134
Systematic theology from the margins of sexuality 144
Black leather: doing theology in corsetlaced boots 148
A story of fetishism and salvation 151
Theological misfortunes: from bottoms to tops 154
Building the Un-Just Messiah 155
On mediation: does Messianism submit to sexual desires? 160
5 Grandes medidas economicas: big economic measures: conceptualising global erection processes 165
Colonial souls and the erotic desires of economy 165
Indecency, theology and development 176
Theology follows political thought, and political thought follows heterosexual principles 177
A case study on the sexuality of economics: the case of the shrinking penis 182
Reflecting on the external debt and the shrinking penis phenomenon in Argentina 184
On torture and debts 186
Economic erections, global erections 188
Sexually dubious, economically deviant: theology contra natura 194
On Queers, revolutionaries and theologians 195
Notes 201
Bibliography 205
Index 214
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