Talvacchia, Kathleen T., Michael F. Pettinger, and Mark Larrimore (editors). “Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms”, NYU Press, 2014.
Both being queer and Christianity are mutually exclusive yet they each challenge notions of the good and the natural. We are particularly aware of this when we see the identities, faiths, and communities that queer Christians have created and continue to create. Gay Christians have been able, in many cases, to reconcile their sexuality with their faith and in this book we see how they religious and the ways they respond to the experiences of queer Christians respond to traditions and how they reshape them in contemporary practice.
Queer theory, religious studies, and Christian theology come together here and we get quite the conversation that is traditional and transgressive at the same time. We look at the basic questions that queer Christians deal with on an almost daily basis. The essays collected for this volume give credence to the academic discussion on gay religious experiences some of which are lived both within communities of Christian confession, as well as outside of these established communities. There is a new “queer Christianity” and we see how it continually reconstructs and multiplies the these states of life celibacy, matrimony, and what is here provocatively conceptualized as promiscuity.
His book is a challenge to perceived ideas about sexuality and religion while at the same time remains true to Christian self-understandings. These lead to more questions and further study. We have waited for study like this and what I find interesting that as an observant Jew, I have no problem reconciling my faith and my sexuality but I do many who cannot.