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Religions 2017, 8(10), 214; doi:10.3390/rel8100214

Do Not Despise the Discipline of the Almighty: God as Leather Daddy and Reading Job through Althaus-Reid

School of Applied Sciences, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway CPO #324, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
Received: 4 August 2017 / Revised: 26 September 2017 / Accepted: 28 September 2017 / Published: 1 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theodicy)
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Abstract

The feminist queer theologian Marcella Althaus-Reid (1952–2009) wrote about what it meant to be an “indecent theologian” and claimed that sexual stories from the margins of society can help transform theological issues. What can “indecent theology” mean for the problem of evil specifically as it is addressed in the book of Job? This article will use Althaus-Reid’s creative methodology, which engages in a dialogue between theology, sexual theory, politics, and personal narrative. This methodology will be applied to the hermeneutic of suffering in the book of Job. I propose that this engagement of theodicy through a queer lens and more specifically within the category of gay sadomasochism in particular, while not definitively addressing the broader problem of evil, can be a creative lens to reinterpret the book of Job. By queering Job, I offer an alternative understanding of the problem of suffering and evil that can find a space within contextual theology. The article concludes with a remark on how such a reading can be used as a liberating text for the queer community. View Full-Text
Keywords: theodicy; queer reading; gay studies; liberation theology; sadomasochism theodicy; queer reading; gay studies; liberation theology; sadomasochism
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Rogers, J. Do Not Despise the Discipline of the Almighty: God as Leather Daddy and Reading Job through Althaus-Reid. Religions 2017, 8, 214.

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