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Indecent Theology: Theological Perversions in Sex, Gender and Politics

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Indecent Theology brings liberation theology up to date by introducing the radical critical approaches of gender, postcolonial, and queer theory. Grounded in actual examples from Latin America, Marcella Althaus-Reid's highly provocative, but immaculately researched book reworks three distinct areas of theology - sexual, political and systematic. It exposes the connections ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 15th 2000 by Routledge
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Dwight Davis
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I always try to be generous when disagreeing so I'll start with what I did like about Indecent Theology. I think Althaus-Reid's critiques of liberation theology were extremely helpful. Liberation theology has been fetishizes, co-opted, and stripped of its power as it became popular in systematic theology. It's a commodity, traded among academics divorced from concrete situations of oppression and liberation. I think that this is a really helpful warning, especially to someone like me, a heterose ...more
Naomi
My favorite version of Althaus-Reid's thesis: "The problem is that it is easier to live without God than without the heterosexual concept of man. They need to be undressed simultaneously. The subversiveness of a religious system lies in the sexual subversions in that disorderly core of abnormal sexual narratives where virgins give birth and male trinities may signify the incoherence of one male definition only, in the tension between patriarchal identity and difference." (p. 18)
Jocylynn
Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book, along with Jim Cone's "A Black Theology of Liberation," is the reason I will probably never agree with the entirety of traditional Christian doctrine.
Ozy Frantz
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Did not finish. A lot of really interesting ideas and I continue to be interested in sex-positive kinky theology, but this book was written in a very dull and incomprehensible style that made it almost impossible to follow her argument.
Denise Sudbeck
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The third read as I'm working on a dissertation. Every read has been something new.
Christopher Broadwell
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Review: Marcella Althaus-Reid’s Indecent Theology: Theological Perversions in Sex, Gender, and Politics, published in 2000, seeks to uncover untouched areas of feminist and queer liberation theologies, while overturning hetero-sexualities and practices at the base of their hetero-narratives. In the introduction, A-R describes the text as a “multidisciplinary approach and drawing on Sexual Theory, Postcolonial criticism, Queer studies and theologies, Marxist Studies, C
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Joseph Sverker
This is certainly a critique on instituted Christianity and Western Theology. It is made from a complete queer theory backdrop with a blend of liberation theology, even though that is critiqued heavily as well. There are interesting points in this book and it challenges how one should think about Christianity and oppression in the future. There is more to the poor, than simply being poor. I think the concept of intersectionality fits in well here. I find it somewhat disturbing though how Althaus ...more
Aaron
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sexuality, theology
Phwoar. This is one of those books so loaded with language that you can't really understand what it's saying. Like much of philosophy. But it was also pretty thought-inspiring. I can't think my way into Althaus-Reid's social location--I'm not female, I'm not Argentinian, I'm not bisexual. But I agree with much of what she's saying. And I do think that the Church is bound by a patriarchalism from which it cannot free itself. The welcome that queer folk find in the Church is the same that people o ...more
Andiepants
Apr 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Rarely do I get hot and bothered reading theology, with the exception of the intellectual turn on that I get from any well written book, but Althaus-Reid had me stimulated from head down. Shit, this woman knows how to write. Some of he theory seemed distanced from the population she claimed to have been writing to - which is an ongoing theme with liberation theologians - but her anecdotes were so headily realistic that you can almost overlook the other problems.
John Lussier
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Indecent Theology is Marcella's attempt to examine Christian theology through the lenses of queer theory and liberation/feminist theology. Ultimately her reliance on queer theory over rides any Christian theology you might find.
Oz Ortega
Lo he dejado después de 100 páginas---es DEMASIADO especializado como para que el público "general" lo lea...Lleno de neologismos, conceptos "raros" y lenguaje pomposo
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Marcella Althaus-Reid was Professor of Contextual Theology at New College, University of Edinburgh. When appointed, she was the only woman professor of theology at a Scottish University, and the first woman professor of theology at New College in its 160 year history.

She graduated with a Bachelor in Theology Degree from ISEDET, the Protestant University Institute in Buenos Aires. She completed her
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“In theology, and in revolutionary theology, it is discontinuity and not continuation which is most valuable and transformative, so the location of excluded areas in theology is crucial. For instance, poverty and sensuality as a whole has been marginalised from theology. Why does a theology from the poor need to be sexually neutral, a theology of economics which excludes their desires? And what do those desires tell us about Christ in Latin America? The gap between Liberation Theology and Postcolonial Theory is one of identity and consciousness, but the gap between a Feminist Liberation Theology and an Indecent Theology is one of sexual honesty.” 1 likes
“Should a woman keep her pants on in the streets or not? Shall she remove them, say, at the moment of going to church, for a more intimate reminder of her sexuality in relation to God? What difference does it make if that woman is a lemon vendor and sells you lemons in the streets without using underwear? Moreover, what difference would it make if she sits down to write theology without underwear? The Argentinian woman theologian and the lemon vendors may have some things in common and others not. In common, they have centuries of patriarchal oppression, in the Latin American mixture of clericalism, militarism and the authoritarianism of decency, that is, the sexual organisation of the public and private spaces of society. However,” 1 likes
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