Readings on Eros, Sexuality, and the Spirit
Episcopal Divinity School
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Gay and Queer Theology, Religion, and Philosophy
Clark, J. Michael. A Place to Start: Toward and Unapologetic Gay Liberation Theology. Dallas: Monument Press, 1989.
Clark, J. Michael. Defying the Darkness: Gay Theology in the Shadows. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1997.
Cleaver, Richard. Know My Name: A Gay Liberation Theology. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1995.
Comstock, Gary David. Gay Theology without Apology. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1993.
Comstock, Gary David, and Susan E. Henking, eds. Que(e)ring Religion: A Critical Anthology. New York: Continuum, 1997.
Goss, Robert. Jesus Acted Up: A Gay and Lesbian Manifesto. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994.
Goss, Robert. Queering Christ: Beyond Jesus Acted Up. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 2002
Lesbian and Queer Theology, Religion, and Philosophy
Althaus-Reid, Marcella María. Indecent Theology: Theological Perversions in Sex, Gender, and Politics. London: Routledge, 2000.
Daly, Mary. Pure Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy. Boston: Beacon, 1984.
Gilson, Anne Bathurst. Eros Breaking Free: Interpreting Sexual Theo-Ethics. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1995.
Heyward, Carter. Touching Our Strength: The Erotic as Power and the Love of God. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1989.
Heyward, Carter. Speaking of Christ: A Lesbian Feminist Voice. New York: Pilgrim, 1989.
Hunt, Mary E. Fierce Tenderness: A Feminist Theology of Friendship. New York: Crossroad, 1991.
Mollenkott, Virginia Ramsey. Sensuous Spirituality: Out from Fundamentalism. New York: Crossroad, 1992.
Raymond, Janice G. A Passion for Friends: Toward a Philosophy of Female Affection. Boston: Beacon, 1986.
Stuart, Elizabeth. Just Good Friends: Towards a Lesbian and Gay Theology of Relationships. New York: Mowbray, 1995.
Stuart, Elizabeth, et al. Religion is a Queer Thing: A Guide to Christian Faith for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People. London: Cassell, 1997.
Tessier, L. J. Dancing after the Whirlwind: Feminist Reflections on Sex, Denial, and Spiritual Transformation. Boston: Beacon, 1997.
Bible and Early Christianity
Brooten, Bernadette J. Love between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Brown, Peter. The Body and Society: Men, Women and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity. London: Farber & Faber, 1989.
Countryman, L. William. Dirt, Greed, and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and their Implications for Today. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1988.
Goss, Robert E. and Mona West, eds. Take Back the Word: A Queer Reading of the Bible. Cleveland: Pilgrim Press, 2000.
Martin, Dale B. The Corinthian Body. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.
Sexuality: History, Theology, and Ethics
Boswell, John. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980.
Brown Douglas, Kelly. Sexuality and the Black Church: A Womanist Perspective. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1999.
Foucault, Michel. The History of Sexuality, vol. 1. Trans. Robert Hurley. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978.
Gudorf, Christine E. Body, Sex, and Pleasure: Reconstructing Christian Sexual Ethics. Cleveland: Pilgrim, 1994.
Isherwood, Lisa, and Elizabeth Stuart. Introducing Body Theology. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.
Jordan, Mark D. The Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Lebacqz, Karen, and R. Barton. Sex in the Parish. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1991.
Nelson, James B. Embodiment: An Approach to Sexuality and Christian Theology. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1979.
Spong, John Shelby. Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality: A Study Guide for Individuals and Small Groups. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995.
Kittredge, Cherry, and Zalmon Sherwood, eds. Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations. Louisville: Westminster, 1995.
Stuart, Elizabeth, ed. Daring to Speak Love's Name: A Gay and Lesbian Prayer Book. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1992.
Balka, Christie, and Andy Rose, eds. Twice Blessed: On Being Lesbian or Gay and Jewish. Boston: Beacon, 1989.
Coakley, Sarah, ed. Religion and the Body. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Downing, Christine. Myths and Mysteries of Same-Sex Love. New York: Continuum, 1991.
Jung, Patricia Beattie, et al. eds. Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World's Religions. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2001.
Swidler, Arlene, ed. Homosexuality and World Religions. Valley Forge, P.A.: Trinity Press International, 1993.
Cross-Cultural and Racial Minority Perspectives
Boykin, Keith. One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America. New York: Anchor Books, 1996.
Chan, Connie S. "Issues of Sexual Identity in an Ethnic Minority: The Case of Chinese American Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexual People," in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Identities over the Lifespan: Psychological Perspectives, ed. Anthony R. D'Augelli and Charlotte J. Patterson. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995, 87-101.
Chou, Wah-san. Tongzhi: Politics of Same-Sex Eroticism in Chinese Societies. New York: Haworth Press, 2000.
Eng, David L. Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2001.
Irigaray, Luce. This Sex Which Is Not One. Trans. Catherine Porter. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1985.
Leong, Russell, ed. Asian American Sexualities: Dimensions of Gay and Lesbian Experience. New York: Routledge, 1996.
Murray, Stephen O., and Will Roscoe, eds. Boy-Wives and Female-Husbands: Studies of African Homosexualities. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1998.
_____. Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, and Literature. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
_____, et al. Latin American Male Homosexualities. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995.
Williams, Walter L. The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture. Boston: Beacon, 1986.
McClintock, Anne. Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, Sexuality in the Colonial Contest. New York: Routledge, 1995.
Yong, Robert J. C. Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture, and Race. London: Routledge, 1995.