Althaus-Reid, Ma. “The Queer God”, Routledge, 2003.
The Eros of the Trinity
“The Queer God” is provocative to say the least. It is also an important book that is very disturbing.
It is no way dogma. In fact, it is disreputable but it is also poetic and witty and extremely questionable—not to mention expensive–$125.00.
Just what is the queer God? We know that not every gay person is anti-religion. There are some that go to gay bars with rosaries in their pockets. Others erect chapels in their homes. Many feel the need for God right along with the need for love but some reason there people do not fit anywhere. The question is what happens if you love someone that your religion says that you can’t. Exactly where is God in a gay bar? What “The Queer God” gives us is a new theology which accounts for what is known as sexual deviance and exclusion because of economics. The book includes chapters on gay worship around the world but basically centered in Brazil, bisexual theology, and looking for queer sainthood. The book looks for God with a different face, a queer God who challenges heterosexuality, white supremacy and global capitalism. The basis for the thoughts expressed here come from the spirituality of Latin America where the melting pot of all kinds of people truly exists.
The book aims the take God out of the closet of Christian traditionalism and to bring him into the lives of those oppressed—homosexual men and women and the poor. A radical ideology such as this, according to Althaus-Reid, shows the presence of God in modern theology. We get a new concept of holiness which does not pay heed to economic and sexual prejudice. Only a new queer theology brings about a search for God’s love and deliverance. Merging theories of liberation with queer theory exposes what undermines theology. In this way, God is brought to a new place and social and sexual exclusion is done away with.
I have no idea what to do to bring this new theology about. Reading about it sounds wonderful but what we need are the tools to make it happen.