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