Universality and Particularity: Development of Queer Theological Discourseand Construction of a Queer God
Abstract: This article attempts to make a cautious critique of the queer liberation theology as means to postulating an alternative vision of God for the LGBT people. While, like other types of liberation-oriented theologicaldiscourse, queer theology postulates a God that makes a preferential option for the oppressed, by claiming this God as part of the “queer community,” that is, a metaphorically gay God. This is contrasted with the historicaldevelopment of Judeo-Christian monotheism from a tribal religion to auniversal religion. It presents a dilemma when the theology of the oppressedis criticized by the predominantly white, Eurocentric, masculine andheteronormative theology as “making God in their own image” rather thanallowing God to transform the oppressed into God’s own image.
In 1999, a series of events triggered by a short-lived romantic relationshipabruptly moved me away from the mostly white, young and middle-classarea of Portland, Oregon, to a slowly gentrifying yet still predominantly Blackresidential neighbourhood several miles away. This was my first time livingin a Black neighbourhood, which, until a few years prior, was considered “toodangerous” to be “habitable” by the outsiders. The nearby commercial centre,1