Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body / Edition 1

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Queer Theology makes an important contribution to public debate about Christianity and sex. This remarkable collection of essays reconceptualizes the body and its desires, enlarging the meaning of sexuality for the good of the churches. Written by some of the most able and insightful of Anglo-American scholars, established and up-and-coming, and from a variety of academic and religious backgrounds, the book shows how western bodies are queerer than often thought, and that the same is true of the God who elicits and tutors their desires.
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“That being said, I would still recommend this book, because it makes a valuable contribution to an important and timely discussion.”  (INTAMS review - Journal for the Study of Marriage & Spirituality, 18 January 2012)

"Queer Theology manages to maintain both coherence and a consistently high level of theory, debate and reflection throughout. While it will certainly become indispensable for those working in theologies of gender, the body and sexuality, its broad catholicity and the intellectual accomplishment of its contributors make it attractive reading for theologians of all stripes." (Theology, March 2009)

“A broad and valuable resource … .It] considers “real world” implications … .Mov[ing] toward loving and nourishing notions of God and world.” (Religious Studies Review)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631216070
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.95 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerard Loughlin is Professor of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. His previous publications include Telling God’s Story: Bible, Church and Narrative Theology (1996) and Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology (Blackwell, 2004). He is a co-editor of the Journal Theology and Sexuality.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction: The End of Sex   Gerard Loughlin     1
Queer Lives     35
Subjectivity and Belief   Kathy Rudy     37
The Gay Thing: Following the Still Small Voice   James Alison     50
Queer Church     63
Sacramental Flesh   Elizabeth Stuart     65
There Is No Sexual Difference   Graham Ward     76
Fecundity: Sex and Social Reproduction   David Matzko McCarthy     86
Queer Origins     97
Eros and Emergence   Catherine Pickstock     99
Omphalos   Gerard Loughlin     115
Queer/ing Tradition     129
Against Rabbinic Sexuality: Textual Reasoning and the Jewish Theology of Sex   Daniel Boyarin     131
Queer Father: Gregory of Nyssa and the Subversion of Identity   Virginia Burrus     147
Queering the Beguines: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Hadewijch of Anvers, Marguerite Porete   Amy Hollywood     163
Bodies Demand Language: Thomas Aquinas   Eugene F. Rogers Jr     176
Love's Urgent Longings: St John of the Cross   Christopher Hinkle     188
A Queer Theology: Hans Urs von Balthasar   Rachel Muers     200
Queer/ing Modernity     213
Reformed and Enlightened Church   Jane Shaw     215
Sex and Secularization   Linda Woodhead     230
"Promising Ashes": A Queer Language of Life   Grace M. Jantzen     245
Antimarriage   Paul Fletcher     254
Queer Orthodoxy     267
Queer Trinity   Gavin D'Costa     269
God's Body   Mark D. Jordan     281
Queen of Heaven   Tina Beattie     293
Desirous Saints   David Matzko McCarthy     305
Bibliography     313
Index of Biblical References     338
General Index     341
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