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A Queer Sort of Christmas

All I want for Christmas, just about now, is a break! I read somewhere in the last few days that being ordained really messes with your family Christmas traditions, and I can testify to that.

I will still get a holiday – it’ll just happen when every else goes back to work. Before that, though, I have to finish and submit my last essay for 2015 (yup, last year) for my MLitt. It’s about postmodern biblical interpretation, and I’ve been doing some reading on the subject of Queer Theology for it. It probably isn’t about to become my new favourite topic, but it does have its moments, and when I came across this quote I thought it was too good to ignore.

“That the divine immersed itself in flesh and that flesh is now divine is Queer Theology at its peak. There can be no sanitization here or something of the divine essence will be lost—it is not the genetically modified, metaphysical son of god that declares the divine human con- junction but the screaming baby born amidst the cow shit and fleas, covered in his birthing blood and received into the uncertain arms of his child/mother that declares salvation for all. Male theologians have preferred to distance themselves from these all too earthy moments and in so doing have missed the point—the divine is earthy, messy and partial and is to be found there in all its glory, not in splendid doctrine stripped of all humanness.”

–  Marcella Althaus-Reid and Lisa Isherwood “Thinking Theology and Queer Theory.” Feminist Theology 15(3) (2007): pp.302-14, 310.

Good stuff.

A belated, messy, glorious Merry Christmas to you.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Marcella was my favourite lecturer at New College so good to hear she is still inspiring women. May she rest in peace and keep on stirring things up!

    January 3, 2016
    • Wow, would’ve loved to hear her lecture! But even in electronic print form, she’s making today easier to thole!

      January 3, 2016
  2. Marion Chatterley #

    Did you hear Tina Beattie on woman’s hour last week talking about women in the church? She has an interesting take on ‘this is my blood ‘.

    January 3, 2016
    • No – saw a mention of it somewhere though. Must go back and have a listen once the essay’s in. Sadly I think I’m making a right old mess of it, though I’ve found some fun readings! Who knew there are whole books written on public toilets and gender?! Wondering if I could rustle up a dissertation on the theology of the public toilet! 😀

      January 3, 2016

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