Indecent Theologians

Indecent Theologians

TITLE Indecent Theologians: Marcella Althaus-Reid and the Next Generation of Postcolonial Activists

BY Nicolas Panotto

ABSTRACT The indecent theology of Marcella Althaus-Reid represents one of the landmarks of twentieth-century theological thought. Her legacy has left an indissoluble brand. On one hand, this proposal represents a critical framework for hegemonic Christian theological currents as a subversive to epistemological assumptions. On the other, it offers a philosophical, ethical, sociological, religious, and properly theological articulation. Few theologies have reached so deeply. Althaus-Reid heritage has gone beyond a radical theological sensitivity to the discarded and forgotten corners of our history; she has inspired the queer, indecent and perverse, to occupy epicenters of theological militancy and reflection. Indecent Theologians joins a set of voices committed to continuing and expanding a dialogue that is increasingly relevant in today’s world.

RELEASE November 2016

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Indecent Theologians is an anthology by the next generation of postcolonial activists inspired by Marcella Althaus-Reid.

Contributors

Susannah Cornwall
Strange Encounters: Postcolonial and Queer Intersections

Leopoldo Cervantes-Ortiz
“Lifting up God’s Skirt:” The Postmodern, Post-liberationist and Postcolonial Theology of Marcella Althaus-Reid: A Latin American Approach

Adrian Emmanuel Hernandez-Acosta
Queer Holiness and Queer Futurity

Jorge Aquino
Pussy Riot: Indecent Theology in the New Russian Revolution

Gabriela González Ortuño
Sexual Dissidence, Faith and Release in Marcella Althaus-Reid

Nicolás Panotto
Per-verting the Foundations: Epistemological and Methodological Challenges to the “Corporeality” of Latin American Liberation Theologies

Emilce Cuda
Identity as Search and Construction of Meaning by the Discourse of the People

Claudio Carvalhaes
Oppressed Bodies Don’t Have Sex: The Blind Spots of Bodily and Sexual Discourses in the Construction of Subjectivity in Latin American Liberation Theology

Robyn Henderson-Espinoza
Perversion, Ethics, and Creative Disregard: Indecency As The Virtue To Ethical Perversion

Oscar Cabrera
A Postcolonial Reading of Bartimaeus’ Story: Guatemala, Hermeneutics, and Neocolonial Marks

Reviews

“I keep telling people there is queer theology in Latin America” said Marcella Althaus-Reid the first time I met her. “We have to support each other”, she said another time we met. Her work and her passion for justice have influenced a generation of scholars and will certainly influence many more. This collection of articles is an example of that and of much more that is to come. The authors both engage critically with her work and take it beyond showing that the road is wide open inviting many others to join. Marcela: Presente! and la lucha continues!”
— Andre Musskopf, Facultades EST, Brasil

“Marcella Althaus-Reid’s Indecent Theology was a critical intervention to theology and transformed how we do theology.  Unveiling and interrogating the trenchant ideological grounds of Christian theological heteronormativity, Althaus-Reid offered queer conditions as a way forward to a deeper and wider liberative theology and praxis. Pressing On is a significant timely collection showcasing the powerful legacy of Althaus-Reid’s theological subversion and next generation of theologians whose commitments are grounded in theology of the material and the historical.”
— Wonhee Anne Joh, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

“The reader can almost hear Marcella Althaus-Reid responding to these essays. She argues with some ideas, affirms others, and insists that post-colonial, post-heteronormative, queer readings are the way forward. She favors those who pervert, excavate, and cast aside the norms and props of Christianity in order to make its theology work for those who are subject to brutal powers. I imagine her smiling with gratitude.”
— Mary E. Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)


nico sonrisaNicolas Panotto, editor, is an Argentinean theologian from the IU ISEDET (Buenos Aires). Master in Social and Political Anthropology, PhD candidate in Social Sciences, Director of GEMRIP and member of the Board of Postcolonial Networks.