The essays in "Que(e)rying Religion" explore the tension between being gayor lesbian and being faithful. Some deal with the historical relationshipbetween homosexuality and the church; others analyze theological problems.By far, the best articles are the autobiographical ones, like "TonguesUntied: Memoirs of a Pentecostal Boyhood," by Michael Warner: "Jesus wasmy first boyfriend. He loved me, personally, and he told me I was hisown." Some of the articles, like Joan Nestle's discussion of butch-femmerelationships, don't appear to have much to do with spirituality; the moreacademic ones descend into the tortured discourse of cultural studies. Butthe reflections of Mormon parents who lost their gay son to AIDS, theletter from an Israeli man on the narrowness of gay life in the PromisedLand, and the letter from a Christian Cuban to her father confessing herlesbianism are all rich evidence of the ways that religious culture isslowly being transformed by our changing ideas about gender and sexuality.
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