Who's Afraid of Gay Theology? Men's Studies, Gay Scholars, and Heterosexual Silence

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Abstract

Despite the growing body of gay scholarship in religious studies, there is a dearth of responses by heterosexual scholars in the field of men's studies in religion. Gay theology can still count more predictably on the ire of a conservative public than on a nuanced, non-homophobic critique by their heterosexual colleagues. What contributes to disregarding gay scholarly voices? Paradoxically, their voices are marginalized to the point of invisibility and yet are also in the center of public discourse. This article sifts through some reasons of why heterosexual men shy away from a public debate of the merits of gay scholarship. Besides methodological reservations, heterosexual male anxieties cause such weariness. Autobiographical insertions by gay scholars combined with discipline-transgressions may lead to ‘homosexual panic’ even among non-homophobic scholars. The article argues that heterosexual men's studies in religion need to overcome their silence and engage the scholarship of gay theology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-274
Number of pages18
JournalTheology and Sexuality
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • gay theology
  • heterosexual anxiety
  • homophobia
  • homosexuality
  • masculinity and religion
  • men's studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Gender Studies

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