Symposium Introduction

Overview

What do Christianity and queerness have to do with each other? Can Christianity be queered? Queer Theology offers a readable introduction to a difficult debate. Summarizing the various apologetic arguments for the inclusion of queer people in Christianity, Tonstad moves beyond inclusion to argue for a queer theology that builds on the interconnection of theology with sex and money. Thoroughly grounded in queer theory as well as in Christian theology, Queer Theology grapples with the fundamental challenges of the body, sex, and death, as these are where queerness and Christianity find (and, maybe, lose) each other.

Endorsements & Reviews

“This pacey, accessible introduction steers a course adroitly through queer theology’s choppy waters without flattening out its complexities. Tonstad orients readers to theological and cultural markers they will recognize, and lucidly outlines some emerging developments in the field.”
—Susannah Cornwall, Lecturer, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

“Because we cannot all enroll in Linn Marie Tonstad’s Queer Theology seminar, we owe it to ourselves, and to the vitality of queer theology itself, to read—and re-read—this book so we can learn from the one of its best practitioners the radical art of queer theological truth-telling.”
—Kent Brintnall, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“Linn Tonstad is the best queer theologian of her generation, and she has written a superb introduction to the field. Tonstad lucidly explicates, and she judges, pointing to the limitations of queer theological projects that are insufficiently intersectional in their analysis as well as the possibilities being unleashed by a younger generation of queer theologians who adamantly refuse heteropatriarchy, racism, colonialism, and capitalism—all the while taking Christian traditions seriously.”
—Vincent Lloyd, Associate Professor, Villanova University

“In this brilliant burst of theological becoming, Linn Tonstad leads us beyond liberal apologetics for sexual difference. Queer Theology reveals something indispensable and yet irreducible to theology itself: arching between desire and death, theology here faces its deformations and unleashes its transformations. Vibrantly engaging her students as well as her theorists, the text queers the deep questions of Christianity.”
—Catherine Keller, Professor, Drew University, The Theological School

“At last, a truly helpful introduction to a hotly contested notion: ‘queer theology.’ Tonstad clarifies in graceful prose the limitations, stakes, and pleasures of what could be queer in Christian theology. Timely and long overdue, this book will help students, queer theologians, and other theological adventurers recognize the far deeper challenges and possibilities that queer theologies beyond apology may offer to Christian understanding and justice-making efforts.”
—Laurel C. Schneider, Professor, Vanderbilt University

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