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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Publication details for Professor Gerard Loughlin

Loughlin, Gerard (2008). "What is Queer? Theology after Identity". Theology and Sexuality 14(2): 143-152.

Author(s) from Durham


This article discusses various uses of ‘queer’ in theology, from the queerness of theology itself to queer as insult, and as insult turned. But it is chiefly concerned with queer as what David Halperin calls an ‘identity without an essence’. As such queer is a movement, a deployment, which unsettles all attempts to fix theology—and God—within the contingent lineaments of heteropatriarchy. Queer is what all theology should be.