- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 16, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415236037
- ISBN-13: 978-0415236034
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,215,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Indecent Theology 1st Edition
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'This is imaginative theology at its best - theoretically challenging, politically inspired and physically embodied ... it beautifully disturbs and sets a new agenda for a 'Queer' theology ... to embrace the world of unknown and unexplored theological desires.' - Jeremy Carrette, University of Stirling, Literature and Theology
About the Author
Marcella Althaus-Reid is a lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. She is a Latin American theologian who trained during the years of political conflict in the southern cone of South America.
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On the first page is written the following: by examining the dialectics of decency and indecency and exploring a theology of stories from the margins this book brings together for the first time Liberation Theology, Queer Theory, Post Marxism and Post-Colonial in an explosive mixture. Although the book is dense and somewhat cumbersome she nevertheless engages, blends and mixes the theologies and theories of the margins; it is a theological work of an imagination that is intense, sexual and tasty, a meal that feeds the soul.
Marcella begins by addressing the collapse of the Grand Narrative of Latin America and the sexual mutilation that occurred and the yearning to throw off colonialism. As an illustration she uses the imagery of women who sell lemons without any undergarments which represent the throwing off of the colonial oppressor and their system of economic injustice and rediscovering and embracing the historical, authentic Grand Narrative of the indigenous people.
She then queers and liberates the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ and God from any thought of traditional colonial interpretations and iconic symbology, reframing them in the context of Post Colonial positions of sex thus revealing a hermeneutics of the absurd as it relates to the colonial theological regime. The book is a thought provoking critique of Colonialism and the engagement of the Latin American cultures such as the Mayan and the Spanish conquest creatively using sexual imagery. Her utilization of sexual imagery asks the question of sex before the Spanish conquest and the beloved Church and the unwanted, abusive marriage that ensued.
Throughout the book Marcella engages issues of economics, anthropology, religion and sexual desire which make the book that more interesting and intriguing. But by the time I had gotten to the end of the book I was exhausted with theology as indecent from a theological viewpoint. So while I did enjoy the book I feel that she could have made her point without an over abundance of sexual imagery.
The reading was somewhat dense, cumbersome and not as fluid as other books I have read such as Judith Butler's Gender Trouble (Routledge, 1990), provocative and engaging yet cumbersome. I find Indecent Theology, Theological pervasion in sex, gender and politics to be an engaging, high calorie meal of reading that left me full but also left me wanting more.
I feel that the book open the doors to a more deep understanding of the queer spirituality, but at the same time, she has a negative vision of heterosexuality, blaming it for the chaos and opression of the "decent oppresive system."
As heterosexual I feel that I can not be included into this "inclusive indecent heology", just for my sexual orientation. The author said that all theology is a sexual act, I agree with her, because "indecent theology" is the result of the sexual experience of the queer people and the spiritual and sexual journey of the author, but the heterosexual folk has their own journey and sexual stories too and I do not think that all of them are bad or oppresive. The argument that every body need to go out of the closet, it is ok for me, but, to go out for an heterosexual person will means just to live his or her sexuality in love and freedom, the author try to tell us that heterosexuals do not have this possibility, for the idea that heterosexuality is necessary linked with the oppresive decent system. I disagree, decency is a social concept, heterosexuality is an orientation.
I recomend the book, it is good to see that the Teologia Latinoamericana stills exploring new frontiers.
Pr. Jose Luis