Course Syllabus

How does the project of "queer theology" relate to the larger aspirations of queer religion or spirituality in America?  We will begin by sampling the efforts to revise traditional Christian theologies in order to accept or affirm same-sex loves.  We will then move beyond the present discussion in several directions.  We will look at some forgotten possibilities in historical engagements between advocates of homosexual rights and established religious bodies (chiefly churches and synagogues).  We will consider the boundaries between queer theology and queer theory or between it and other political theologies.  We will test the boundaries of “Christianity” while considering the varied forms of queer religion outside familiar religious institutions—in spirituality or spiritualism, in magic or neo-paganism, in erotic asceticism.

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