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Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know About Life and Love and How It Can…

by Rev Elizabeth M. Edman

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Great book. Looks at how several virtues developed within the LGBTQ community can be used to be a model for Christianity and help to transform the church. A positive book that presumes that gay people are part of the church and that their gifts can be used to help enhance its mission. ( )
  morningrob | Aug 19, 2017 |
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(Note: My husband and I share this account. This review was written by him.)

I found this book to be quite excellent, as I was enraptured by Edman’s clear-eyed and compassionate brand of storytelling. It’s part memoir, part sociocultural study, and part Biblical exegesis. She was direct, forthright, and pulled no punches with the life she’s led and the choices she’s made, especially in terms of both her successes and failures.

It’s the inverse of Patrick Cheng’s Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. She uses hard theology as the seasoning for her narrative prose, as opposed to serving up a dish of dense postmodern theology flavored with the occasional personal reflection.

Finally, as a cis-hetero white dude who attends a progressive Episcopal church and would like to be considered an ally, this was a book I wished I could have read a decade or more ago. I needed to hear about about the love of Christ and how it can change the world from a queer woman of faith. ( )
  jenniferb | Jun 7, 2017 |
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Unapologetic presentation of the virtues that LGBT Christians have developed through socializatin, testing, and trial. While these virtues are not unique to queer people of faith, they have often been made more self-aware of their reliance on these qualities or gained a better appreciation of their faith through them. Neither does it argue that all LGBT individuals are somehow innately 'gifted' in these areas, rather that they are acquired virtues that can be used and taught to the betterment of the Church at large.
  wademlee | Jun 4, 2017 |
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book! I went into it expecting to find the same old defensive posture for the GLBTQ community and their religious beliefs.

What I found was a compelling read that made no apologies for being gay or a Christian. It was educational but not preachy. It put into perspective some parts to modern life, and made me start thinking differently about my place in the community.

Overall, an excellent book. ( )
  literatefool | Oct 3, 2016 |
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This reading gives an alternative view on traditional religion. Instead of it being told from the point of view of a priest or a member of the LBGT community, it is written by a person. The author acknowledges all aspects of who she is and makes a point that the core of belief is not just for one type of person. I have always refused to label myself because I didn't want to be part of a "mold" that is the standard. This selection showed me that a label is not who you are. That you arebyou, no matter how the world labels you. ( )
  Lizdugan | Aug 4, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807061344, Hardcover)

LGBTQ people are a gift to the Church and have the potential to revitalize Christianity.

As an openly lesbian Episcopal priest and professional advocate for LGBTQ justice, the Reverend Elizabeth Edman has spent her career grappling with the core tenets of her faith. After deep reflection on her tradition, Edman is struck by the realization that her queer identity has taught her more about how to be a good Christian than the church.

In Queer Virtue, Edman posits that Christianity, at its scriptural core, incessantly challenges its adherents to rupture false binaries, to “queer” lines that pit people against one another. Thus, Edman asserts that Christianity, far from being hostile to queer people, is itself inherently queer. Arguing from the heart of scripture, she reveals how queering Christianity—that is, disrupting simplistic ways of thinking about self and other—can illuminate contemporary Christian faith. Pushing well past the notion that “Christian love = tolerance,” Edman offers a bold alternative: the recognition that queer people can help Christians better understand their fundamental calling and the creation of sacred space where LGBTQ Christians are seen as gifts to the church.

By bringing queer ethics and Christian theology into conversation, Edman also shows how the realities of queer life demand a lived response of high moral caliber—one that resonates with the ethical path laid down by Christianity. Lively and impassioned, Edman proposes that queer experience be celebrated as inherently valuable, ethically virtuous, and illuminating the sacred.

A rich and nuanced exploration, Queer Virtue mines the depths of Christianity’s history, mission, and core theological premises to call all Christians to a more authentic and robust understanding of their faith.

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"Frustrated by the notion that Christian love = tolerance, Edman argues that Christianity, at its scriptural core, is not a tradition that is hostile to queer people but is, in fact, itself inherently queer. Edman reveals how queering Christianity that is, disrupting simplistic ways of thinking about gender and sexuality--can illuminate contemporary Christian faith and shows why queer Christians are gifts to the Church, "--NoveList. As an openly lesbian Episcopal priest and professional advocate for LGBTQ justice, the Reverend Elizabeth Edman has spent her career grappling with the core tenets of her faith. After deep reflection on her tradition, Edman is struck by the realization that her queer identity has taught her more about how to be a good Christian than the church. In Queer Virtue, Edman posits that Christianity, at its scriptural core, incessantly challenges its adherents to rupture false binaries, to "queer" lines that pit people against one another. Thus, Edman asserts that Christianity, far from being hostile to queer people, is itself inherently queer. Arguing from the heart of scripture, she reveals how queering Christianity--that is, disrupting simplistic ways of thinking about self and other--can illuminate contemporary Christian faith. Pushing well past the notion that "Christian love = tolerance," Edman offers a bold alternative: the recognition that queer people can help Christians better understand their fundamental calling and the creation ofsacred space where LGBTQ Christians are seen as gifts to the church. By bringing queer ethics and Christian theology into conversation, Edman also shows how the realities of queer life demand a lived response of high moral caliber--one that resonates with the ethical path laid down by Christianity. Lively and impassioned, Edman proposes that queer experience be celebrated as inherently valuable, ethically virtuous, and illuminating the sacred. A rich and nuanced exploration, Queer Virtue mines the depths of Christianity's history, mission, and core theological premises to call all Christians to a more authentic and robust understanding of their faith.--Dust jacket.… (more)

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