Queer Religion, Volume 1

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Donald L. Boisvert, Jay Emerson Johnson
ABC-CLIO, 2012 - Religion - 559 pages
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This ground-breaking and eye-opening book examines the intersections of religion and same-sex desire, from St. Augustine to Hinduism to contemporary LGBT and queer culture.

Queer Religion provides a systematic and detailed overview of the challenges and issues that the intersections of religion, same-sex desire, and gender variance have generated, both now and in the past. It focuses upon the development of these areas of overlap through three distinct historical periods: modern religious history, LGBT liberation movements, and the emergence of queer theory and analysis.

This two-volume collection of eclectic essays investigates the experiences of queer people and religion, providing a broad, unique, and invaluable analysis of this important cultural and theological encounter. As a group, the contributors offer brave insights and diverse perspectives on a variety of topics dealing with religion, same-sex desire, and gender expression. Some of these essays are explicitly historical in focus or scholarly articles, while others provide autobiographical viewpoints and personal reminiscences. This book provides a comprehensive look at the queer dimensions of religious practice and belief--essential reading for religious scholars; those within the LGBT community; and anyone interested in human spirituality and sexuality.

  • Contributions from 28 distinguished North American and international scholars and activists from a variety of religious traditions
  • A comprehensive index of key ideas and concepts


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Donald L. Boisvert teaches in the Department of Religion at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, where he is also a member of the sexuality studies program.

Jay Emerson Johnson is a priest in the Episcopal Church (USA) and member of the core doctoral faculty at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA.

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