Townhall.com Iâ€™ve decided to enter the ministry. And Iâ€™m going back to school in order to prepare. My choice of schools is Meadville-Lombard Theological School. I want to go there so I can take the course â€œQueer Theories and Theologiesâ€ under Laurel C. Schneider.
Professor Schneiderâ€™s description of â€œQueer Theories and Theologiesâ€ is, to say the least, pretty queer, especially given that itâ€™s offered in a seminary:
â€œThis course is a close examination of the development of â€˜queer theoryâ€™ out of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered liberation movement on the one hand, and the international development of critical theory on the other. Our particular interest throughout the course will be first in exploring queer theory as a public academic discourse and second in discussing what impact this discourse may have on theology and ministry.â€
Professor Schneiderâ€™s course objectives are perhaps the most appealing aspect of â€œQueer Theories and Theologiesâ€:
â€œ1. To get confused and yet not give up on thinking. 2. To improve in critical thinking about the intersections of theory (system of rules or principles) with public action so that we may be better able to recognize the ways in which theory often flies â€˜under the radarâ€™ in the public realms of church and ministry, government, social movements, and culture. 3. To make at least one practical connection between queer theory as you come to understand it and public theology.â€
Iâ€™m pretty confused by some of those objectives. But Iâ€™m not quite ready to give up on thinking. Thereâ€™s hope for me yet.
Whenever one is confused in Professor Schneiderâ€™s course he (or she or it or undecided) has an opportunity to submit a â€œweekly reflection.â€ This is the part of the reading schedule that includes a â€œreflection questionâ€ meant to help guide reading for the session. The good news is that the student can use the question to frame a one-page response to the reading, or (and Iâ€™m quoting directly from the syllabus) the student can â€œignore the question and address one of (the studentâ€™s) own that emerged for (the student) in response to the sessionâ€™s reading.â€
I can hardly wait for this part of the class because the readings are both godly and scholarly. For example, students read â€œThe Queer Godâ€ by Marcella Althaus-Reid. Later, they read an article by Howard Eilberg-Schwartz, which is in â€œGodâ€™s Phallus and Other Problems for Men and Monotheism.â€ Mark Jordanâ€™s â€œThe Invention of Sodomy in Christian Theologyâ€ also makes the list. But the highlight of the readings is none other than professor Laurel Schneiderâ€™s article â€œWhat Race is Your Sex?â€
I thought about writing a rebuttal to Schneiderâ€™s article called â€œHow Tall is Your Age?â€ But I decided to call it â€œWhat color are your brain farts?â€ Continued...http://townhall.com/columnists/MikeAdams/2010/02/08/queer_theories_and_theologies