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Taking up the cudgels against gay rights? Trends and trajectories in African Christian theologies on homosexuality

van Klinken, A.S. and Gunda, M.R. (2012) 'Taking up the cudgels against gay rights? Trends and trajectories in African Christian theologies on homosexuality.' Journal of Homosexuality, 59 (1). pp. 114-138.

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Abstract

Against the background of the HIV epidemic and the intense public controversy on homosexuality in African societies, this article investigates the discourses of academic African Christian theologians on homosexuality. Distinguishing some major strands in African theology, that is, inculturation, liberation, women’s and reconstruction theology, the article examines how the central concepts of culture, liberation, justice, and human rights function in these discourses. On the basis of a qualitative analysis of a large number of publications, the article shows that stances of African theologians are varying from silence and rejection to acceptance. Although many African theologians have taken up the cudgels against gay rights, some “dissident voices” break the taboo and develop more inclusive concepts of African identity and African Christianity.

Item Type: Journal Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions > Centre for Gender and Religions Research
ISSN: 00918369
Copyright Statement: Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/00918369.2012.638549
Depositing User: Adriaan Van Klinken
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2012 16:33
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/13078

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