The focus of this series has been on the places in the Scriptures that resonate in some way with LGBTQ2S+ persons’ experiences of God and the world. We’ve seen how Adam might best be seen as nonbinary before the surgical act that splits male from female. We’ve seen how sex in the Scriptures is never … Continue reading Male and Female, Christ and the Church: The Question of Complementarity and Same-Sex Relationships
One of the funny things about having an area of specialty is that you can have very specific, and to outside eyes, ridiculous, pet peeves. As someone with a background in linguistics, one of mine is when people read philosophical or theological meaning into the grammatical gender of a noun in languages like French or … Continue reading The Queer Holy Spirit?
One of the major roadblocks LGBTQ2S+ people experience in finding acceptance and welcome within their communities of faith is simply the perception that tradition is set in stone and cannot change. It’s that difficult combination of inertia and ‘case-law’ I talked about last post again. But as we saw with the case of eunuchs the … Continue reading Welcoming the Outcasts: Acts 10-11 as a Blueprint for Change
One of the biggest challenges confronting queer people of faith in our desire to be welcomed and fully accepted by our communities is simply the weight of history. This weight is sometimes felt as inertia: just as it’s hard to get a heavy object moving once it’s settled, so too is it hard to make … Continue reading Hope for the Eunuch: How the Bible Changed Its Mind
The premise for this series is that, rather than queer identities truly being a ‘missing myth’ in the thought world of the Abrahamic faiths, gay and lesbian and other queer people do in fact see our experiences reflected in places within the Scriptures. Today I’d like to look at what is undoubtedly the most common … Continue reading ‘Queer Coded’ Friendships: On David and Jonathan, Ruth and Naomi