Queering Theology: God, Sex, and Money
Open lecture with Linn Tonstad, associate professor at Yale University and professor II at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo
Can Christian theology be queer? Should it be? Christianity has often come under attack from both Christians and non-Christians because of its hostility to LGBTQ people. In response, many Christian theologians have looked for the queer aspects of Christianity, both in historical and contemporary forms.
In this talk, we examine these developments and ask whether and to what extent Christianity and queerness can and should be thought together. Is queer theology about recovering the forgotten queerness of Christianity? Or does queer theology instead provide tools for the transformation of Christianity itself?
Linn Tonstad is associate professor of systematic theology at Yale Divinity School, affiliate faculty in WGSS and LGBT studies at Yale University, and professor II at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. She is the author of two books, God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Finitude (Routledge, 2016) and Queer Theology: Beyond Apologetics (Cascade, 2018) as well as a number of articles. She is co-chair of the Theology and Religious Reflection unit and a member of the steering committee of the Queer Studies in Religion unit of the American Academy of Religion, as well as an associate editor of the journal Political Theology.