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Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  26 reviews
LGBTQ people are a gift to the Church and have the potential to revitalize Christianity.

As an openly lesbian Episcopal priest and professional advocate for LGBTQ justice, the Reverend Elizabeth Edman has spent her career grappling with the core tenets of her faith. After deep reflection on her tradition, Edman is struck by the realization that her queer identity has taught
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Beacon Press
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Erin *Help I’m Reading and I Can’t Get Up*
Really spectacular. A thoughtful, encouraging, deep reflection on the intersection of non-hetero/non-cis identity and Christian identity. I loved it!
Anna Tan
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This is an inherently difficult book to review. Whatever I say, for or against, will probably upset someone in either camp. And I use"camp" instead of a mere divide, because this is an intensely polarising issue with people who would want to build trenches and throw bombs and sing fighting songs and the like. Whatever I rate it will also be a problem, so that remains squarely in the middle, a 2.5, because there are many things she says that I agree with, but there are also many vague areas - eit ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Though queer people certainly are forced to deal with external threats of violence, the terrorism directed at us relies heavily on weapons that we ingest with our minds, hearts, and souls. They are spiritual weapons. Delivered relentlessly over a course of years, these weapons prove to be so spiritually corrosive that many queer people take their own lives to escape the inflicted pain and internalized shame. Some queer youth do indeed flee north, or west, to find safe harbors in urban centers w ...more
Andrew Shepherd
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent. So often in the church talk of the lgbtq+ community gets stuck at affirmation and welcoming. While that's a noble goal, it neglects the myriad gifts the community has to offer. Elizabeth M. Edman presents an incredibly accessible, yet deep, venture into queer theory and experience, and articulates the gifts of this community for followers of the Christian faith. I'd recommend this to any church, but perhaps especially to those which are seeking to live deeper into an open ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
In Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity, Edman argues that Christianity is inherently queer: it “ruptures” the binaries of life and death, human and divine. Edman also argues that the queer path and the Christian path are not so different from one another. In fact, they are incredibly similar. Both paths involve the discernment of an identity; the reaching out to others and forming of community, despite the risks involved; and the naviga ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was interesting, but I feel like because I'm inherently on Edman's side on this, that it didn't necessarily excite me. I also must admit that I was in a bit of a bad mood when I read the majority of this book.

I also have to admit that I felt pretty weird about the shady stuff that happened in terms of her technically dating a student. It's admirable that she owns up to her mistake, but it did make me feel quite uncomfortable.

I'd be interested for this to be expanded, though. This touches
Feb 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Rev. Edman writes an excellent book on theology and ethics. Her main thesis, that the church needs LGBTQ people and that there is an ethical and moral path to queerness that is entirely fitting with Christianity, is supported clearly and in depth. I find her biblical analysis compelling. and have referenced this book in sermons. For the most part, this book is a gem.

I wanted to give this book 5 stars until I read the chapter. "Authenticity." Just 30 pages from the end, "Authenticity" is a disast
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the title suggests, Rev. Elizabeth Edman, an Episcopal priest, explains how her experiences as a lesbian have provided her with insights into new ways of understanding her faith. This book is a good reminder that people of all backgrounds can teach one another something, and make the groups that they are a part of stronger. Regardless of one's religious beliefs and sexual orientation, the following passage can be a useful approach to life:
"Be aware of tendencies to keep power to a few, to shu
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A refreshing and mind-bending interpretation of the gospel through a queer lens. It seems that Jesus tended to shatter dualistic thinking and queered the lines between Jew and Gentile, rich and poor, male and female and so much more.

A refreshing vision of what faith community could be and perhaps a somewhat rose-tinted vision of what the queer community is.

A worthwhile read.
Eric Clapp
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really appreciated the way the author set up the framework of “queering” as pressing on the boundaries and rupturing the binaries. It really held up well throughout the different interpretations and ways of reading scripture.
Lauren Baker
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book will challenge perceptions, encourage deeper understanding, and offer various methods of interpretations for material that has been debated for centuries.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent. Clear-eyed. Compassionate. Direct. Packed with stories and quality exegesis.
John Bhadelia
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Don't bother buying this book. Get it from the library and just read the first paragraph. There the author explains by what she means by Queer Virtue and how it interacts with Christianity. The rest of it is a mess of her life's story, entire retellings of other books and plays, and tangent after tangent about race and immigrants and a whole lot of things that have nothing to do with being queer in the sense of being a GSM. And even then, her premise rests on equivocation. She refers to LGBT peo ...more
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Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This is probably one of the most important books I have ever read. I am deeply interested in reconciling the divide between the LGBT+ community and the Christian church, and Edman's book not only grapples the subject, but does so with the utmost respect and insight into both perspectives.

I would unreservedly recommend this book to anyone who is deeply involved with either the church or LGBT+ activism. Admittedly the Christian references will be less helpful to nonreligious people, and the very c
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Partly autobiographical, this book also reflects strong scholarship, deep theological understanding, and a vibrant spiritual life. Edman's tone is engaging and authentic, pulling one forward through the text.

I recommend this gripping read to anyone interested in what it means to claim the word "queer " or in what's going on with the growing outspokenness of those affirming identity in the LGTBQ alphabet soup, to those interested in the idea of virtue, and in Christianity in the 21st century. An
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. The LGBTQ community has taught Rev. Edman the most about claiming one’s identity, risking telling others who you really are, living with integrity, providing hospitality, and being part of a community. In some times and places, it is the church community that fulfills these functions. The larger church could seize the opportunity to actively include, listen to, and learn from LGBTQ folk how to live these values. Rev. Edman’s writing shows how en ...more
Omar Abreu
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*Please note that I know the Author of this book. We are congregants at the same church.

'Queer Virtue' is a refreshing collection of stories, thoughts, and discourse aimed at how the capital C Church can learn from our LGBT brothers and sisters, and vise versa. As a Queer Christian, it is great to see Queer theology take a step away from the apologetic crutch it's stood on, and be able to stand in a place of robustness. She eloquently outlines how key aspects of Queer life are synonymous with t
Cassandra Becker
For open-minded straight Christians who are truly willing to learn something new

This book will educate anyone who is concerned about others for reasons of love, not judgement. Liz presents solid discussions articulated in a style uniquely her own. This book informed me of many frightening facts regarding the lives of the LGBT community. This is a "must read" for all who consider themselves Christians, regardless of their orientation!
Susan Csoke
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
The church*s moral authority has been badly compromised in recent years. This book contains vital teachings in christian tradition for all, regardless of race or sexual preference. Progressive Christians today are aware that secular society is correct to move away from suffocating sexual constraints. A viable read!!!! THANK YOU GOODREADS FIRSTREADS FOR THIS FREE BOOK!!!!
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: unfinished
Giving up, because I'm in the middle of moving and this is not really what I want to be reading. Hope to finish it some day.
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: good-reads
I won this in a contest and it was an interesting read from a different perspective.
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting book. I think it's meant for a "queer" audience yet interesting for allies as well.
Jackie Machardy
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
Thought provoking and affecting, opened new pathways of thought on what our LQBT friends/communities can bring to the church.
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“In the conventional Christian narrative, Christianity is a radical rewriting of the covenant between God and Israel in which Christianity supplants Judaism as God’s “light to the nations.”4 Progressive churches tend to wriggle uncomfortably with the unavoidable implication that Christianity is an improvement on Judaism designed to replace the original, a sort of Judaism 2.0. Many of us know instinctively that something is wrong with this conclusion. How do we proclaim a bold gospel that doesn’t disparage our spiritual parent, the tradition of Judaism? Brigitte” 1 likes
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