Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms

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Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms. Edited by Kathleen T. Talvacchia, Michael F. Pettinger, and Mark Larrimore. (New York: New York University Press, 2014, Pp. 256. $26.00, paper.)

This collection of essays and reflections emerged from conferences of the same name hosted by Eugene Lang College in 2012 and 2013. The book juxtaposes various perspectives about the intersection of faith and queerness. Those viewpoints jostle against each other-the book is deliberately unsettling: It demonstrates that there is no one queer Christianity, queer theory, or queer theology. Three undercurrents are on the disconnects between love, desire, and pleasure, intersectionality, and the assimilationist/subversive binary in queer views of marriage and family life. The resonances and dissonances between chapters are thought-provoking.

Roughly half the chapters are more essay than reflection. Chapters 1, 2, 5, 6 present various historic developments ranging from the subversive value of celibacy in the early church, to the late twentieth and early twenty-first century marriage equality movement. Chapters 10 and 13 cover ethics. Chapters 7 and 10 focus on conflicts within the Roman Catholic Church. An Introduction to the book as a whole, to each section (and in one case to a chapter) gives the reader a running start. …

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