Undoing Theology: Sex and Christianity

31st May 2018, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Faculty of Education

Queer theory has seen an explosion of interest within the academy over the last two decades. Arts, humanities and even science based subjects have pioneered some much-needed research exploring minority representations of gender, sexualities and non-normative practices. Within theology and religious studies, queer theologies have encouraged us to see God, salvation, the Bible and religious practices differently. But whilst queer theory has been a helpful tool for theologians to explore religion from a non-heterosexual and non-cisgender perspective, there is an unease around the idea of queer research. Only a few texts exist which explore the religious and spiritual testimonies of ‘queer’ individuals and promote their life stories in their own voices.

In this context, Dr Chris Greenough (Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion, Edge Hill University) engages with individuals whose gender and/or sexuality challenge the positional statements from mainstream Christian denominations.

Undoing Theology tackles the themes of gender and sexuality in Christian theology, using queer methods to engage with non-normative identifying individuals. This book generates a process of ‘undoing’ as central to queer research inquiries. Aiming to engage in a process which breaks free from traditional academic norms, the book explores three life stories: an intersex-identifying Catholic, a former ‘ex-gay’ minister and a Christian who engages in bondage and fetishist practices. The book makes a significant contribution to the fields of gender, sexuality and queer studies in religion, both empirically and theoretically

You will be able to purchase copies of Undoing Theology: Life Stories from Non-normative Christians (SCM Press, 2018) on the night, at a 30% discount rate.


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