1st Edition

The Indecent Theologies of Marcella Althaus-Reid Voices from Asia and Latin America

Edited By Lisa Isherwood, Hugo Córdova Quero Copyright 2021
    198 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book celebrates the legacy of theologian Marcella Althaus-Reid (1952‑2009), and her particular influence in Asia and South America. Her work has served as a significant source of inspiration to many scholars, ministers, and activists challenging heteronormative theologies, but her sudden death in 2009 cut short the nascent and elegant theological thought for which she so valued.

    Contributors to this book succinctly investigate aspects of the vast work of Althaus-Reid by discussing issues of gender, race, and sexuality in Asia and South America, utilising the liberation, queer and indecent theologies she espoused. Each chapter demonstrates how her legacy is alive and thriving today, but also points towards to the potential future impact of her prolific theological output.

    By highlighting the ground-breaking work of Althaus-Reid, this book will serve as a key reference for scholars of Liberation, Queer and Indecent Theology, as well as Asian and Latinx religions.


    Lisa Isherwood and Hugo Córdova Quero

    1 Dirty Martini: Toasting with Marcella Althaus-Reid

    Ana Ester Padua Freire

    2 Perversion to Surplus Value of Protecting Family Values

    Lai Shan Teresa Yip

    3 Whatever Happened to the Lemaon Vendors? West African Im/migrants and the (Re)ethnicization of Erotoscapes in the Streets of Buenos Aires

    Hugo Córdova Quero

    4 Manang Bali, interweaving and Healing Spaces in Contemporary Malaysian Trans and Queer Theo-Pastoralities

    Joseph Goh

    5 Taking Marcella Althaus-Reid into the Alleys. Towards an Incarnated Indecent Theology in La Rioja, Argentina

    Damian Nicolas de la Puente

    6 Queer Body Bounded. Can we take off the Uniform of the Nation Body?

    Reina Ueno

    7 The Sexual Subject in Queer Theologies. Implications for a Queer Latin American Liberation Theology

    Beatriz Febus Perez

    8 The Influence of Religion in the Development of Heterosexism in Indonesia

    Juswantori Ichwan

    9 Reclaiming Queer Seeds of Theological Agriculture

    Carlos Jose Beltran Acero

    The Afterword/s Barefoot at the Margins

    Lisa Isherwood and Hugo Córdova Quero


    Lisa Isherwood is Professor Emerita of Feminist Liberation Theologies at the University of Winchester, UK. Her work explores the nature of incarnation within a contemporary context and includes such areas as the body, gender, sexuality and eco-theology. She has written, co-authored or edited many books including The Power of Erotic Celibacy (2006), The Fat Jesus: Feminist Explorations in Boundaries and Transgressions (2007), Introducing Feminist Christologies (2001), Liberating Christ (1999), Patriarchs, Prophets and Other Villains (2007); and The Poverty of Radical Orthodoxy (2012).

    Hugo Córdova Quero is Associate Professor of Critical Theories and Queer Theologies and Director of Online Education at Starr King School, Graduate Theological Union, USA. He is also Dean of Faculty at the Higher Institute for Interreligious and Society Studies in Buenos Aires (Argentina),  and a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Asian Religions (CERAL), Pontifical University of São Paulo (Brasil). His work intersects migration, religious and ethnic studies as as well as queer theory and theologies. He has authored and edited multiple books including, Queering Migrations Towards, From, and Beyond Asia (2014).