Modern Believing

Performing Faith Differently

Modern Believing (2021), 62, (1), 48–55.

Abstract

Ecclesiastical debates about sexuality tend to make unimaginative use of scripture, digging for doctrinal pointers and ethical imperatives, and mistreating and often abusing biblical literature. This article is an attempt to engage creatively with the person of Jesus in order to reveal some insights that might be suggestive and inspirational in our reflections about how to live out our human identities with care and authenticity. It deploys queer theory to conceive of faith as primarily performative, as something that we create and reinvent through our engagement with it. Spiritual agency can thus be reintroduced amongst those who have been marginalised by the exclusionary politics of institutionalised religion.

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Webster, Alison