1st Edition

Queer Theologies: The Basics

By Chris Greenough Copyright 2020
    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    186 Pages
    by Routledge

    Queer Theologies: The Basics is a concise and illuminating introduction to the study of this controversial and discursive subject area. This book provides an accessible exploration into the major themes within queer studies, queer theologies, and themes of gender and sexuality in Christianity. Topics covered include:

    • The development of queer theologies
    • Queering ‘traditional’ theology
    • Queer theologies in global contexts
    • Queer Bible
    • Queer theologies from queer lives

    With a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading throughout, this book is an ideal starting point for anyone seeking a full introduction to Christian queer theologies as well as broader themes in theology, gender, and sexuality.


    1 The development of queer theologies

    2 Queering ‘traditional’ theology

    3 Queer theologies in global contexts

    4 Queer Bible

    5 Queer theologies from queer lives

    Afterword: beyond the basics


    Chris Greenough is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion, Edge Hill University, UK.

    ‘This is a fabulous book, which introduces queer theologies in a rich and accessible way. Each chapter is beautifully written, and guides readers towards an enhanced understanding of this complex yet vital topic. It is a timely and welcome addition to theological studies, and will be of value to academics, students, pastors, and interested readers alike.’ — Caroline Blyth, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    ‘Greenough’s book is a rich compendium that gently initiates the reader into queer and LGBTI theologies from around the globe. It is indispensable for theological colleges and universities, seminaries, cell group meetings, faith formation courses, church camps and personal enrichment.’ — Joseph N. Goh, Monash University Malaysia

    ‘Astonishing coverage for one slim volume. Greenough’s introduction exceeds all expectations in his ability to address so many topics, to reflect the diversity of the field and to do so in such an accessible and engaging way. This much-needed introduction does not shy away from the queerness of queer theology. Ranging from queer sacraments to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Greenough covers all the basics with a mix of poignancy, humour and audacious boldness.’ — Deryn Guest, University of Birmingham, UK 

    ‘How to enter the ever-expanding field of queer theology, with its often complex theorisation of gender and sexuality, and its dense academic jargon? This book is the answer to that question. Chris Greenough has written a highly accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the subject – an important resource for students of queer studies who know little about theology, and for students of theology who know little about queer studies. Along the way he also provides critical direction, steering the reader towards new ways of engaging queer religious texts, and of thinking about queer religious lives, in contemporary global Christian contexts.’ — Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds, UK

    "Queer Theologies is a helpful survey handbook for anyone who wants to familiarise themselves with developments in sexual theology from the late 1980s to the present day. Chris Greenough romps helpfully through the turn towards embodied theology, to LGBT theologies of identity (including reference to feminist, womanist and mujerista perspectives); then on to those that are more global, intersectional and postcolonial." - Alison Webster, Worcester