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.
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