This unit will explore queer theology as it has emerged from queer theory, LGBTIQ justice struggles, and faith development and practice. It will acquaint students with the history and challenges of the term ‘queer’, and introduce the multiplicity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer Christian theologies that have emerged in recent decades. It will seek to analyse and critique theological loci and motifs of Christian theology, including the queering of scripture and hermeneutics and key theological doctrines. Exploring intersectional approaches, including postcolonial perspectives, queer art, action and contemporary reflection, participants will be enabled to assess critically the value and possibilities of queer theology for faith and society today.

Unit code: CT3001P

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning outcomes


describe ‘queer theory’ as it relates to religious, especially Christian studies


describe the history of queer identities and formulations within religious studies


engage in theological discussion, both oral and written, about queer theological texts


critically analyse contemporary issues surrounding queer identities and religion in an informed manner


express the value and possibilities of queer theology to others

Unit sequence

18 points of Christian Theology and 18 points of Biblical Studies


Lectures; on-line seminars;

Indicative Bibliography

  1. Althaus-Reid, Marcella. The Queer God. New York, NY: Routledge, 2003.
  2. Cheng, Patrick S. Radical Love. NY: Seabury. 2011

  3. Cheng, Patrick S. Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit. NY: Seabury, 2013.

  4. Cornwall, Susannah. Controversies in Queer Theology. London, UK: SCM Press, 2011.
  5. Greenough, Chris. Queer Theologies: The Basics (New York: Routledge 2019)
  6. Lightsey, Pamela R. Our Lives Matter: A Womanist Queer Theology. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015.
  7. Loughlin, Gerard (ed). Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body. Blackwell Publishing, 2007.
  8. Tanis, Justin. Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith. Pilgrim Press, 2003
  9. Tonstad, Linn. Queer Theology: Beyond Apologetics Cascade, 2018
  10. Deryn Guest, Robert E. Goss, Mona West & Thomas Bohache (eds.), The Queer Bible Commentary. London: SCM Press, 2015


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay - Essay

Essay critically analysing the nature of queer theology (1000 words)

1000 20.0
Essay - Analysis of Queer Text/Artwork/Event

Presentation analysing theologically a queer text, artwork or event (1000 words or equivalent time in explanation)

1000 30.0
Essay - Essay

Essay critically exploring a significant feature of queer theology (3000 words)

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 17 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-17 12:58:41 +1000