Synopses & Reviews
Transsexual, transgendered and intersex people have become increasingly morevisible since the 1990s, but the churches have been slow to recognize theirlives and their contribution to theology and the churches. As theologians we aremystified by this, since a redemptive history based on the multiple possibilities of incarnational theology is best read as lived in trans/luminal spaces. Trans/formations is a passionate book borne out of the outrage felt at the ever narrowing boundaries of theology. It is passionate too because it comesfrom a deeply held incarnational belief that dares to take the lived experience of people seriously as part of the redemptive ground we share. It is a book thatwishes to shake not shock, it seeks to shake us out of the contented narrowness of a cosy Christianity and into one that seeks always to expand the incarnational tent that is our home. The contributors ask questions not only of the churches and theology but at times also of gender and sexuality theorists. It is time we all thought anew, and this book hopes to aid that debate.Lisa Isherwood is Professor of Feminist Liberation Theologies at the University of Winchester. Marcella Althaus-Reid was Professor of Contextual Theology at NewCollege, Edinburgh. She died in February 2009.Contributors: Marcella Althaus-Reid, Hannah Buchanan, Krys Bujnowski, Marie Cartier, John Clifford, Susannah Cornwall, Malcolm Himschoot, BK Hipsher, Lisa Isherwood, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Lewis Reay, Elizabeth Stuart and Sian Taylder.
Trans/formations is one of the first theological books to reflect on a range of transsexual and transgender experiences, an increasingly important topic in the LGBTI world and beyond. Like anything coming from Marcella Althaus-Reid and Lisa Isherwood, it is controversial and challenging as well as highly original. This book - makes visible a range of trans lived experience [transgendered; transsexual - offers theological reflection on these experiences - creates challenging theology from this experiential base - provides a resource for churches and theology students not to date available.
Highlights a range of trans lived experience [transgendered and transsexual]. This book offers theological reflection on these experiences, creates challenging theology from this experiential base, and provides a resource for churches and theology students. It is suitable for courses on religion, gender and the body.
Trans/formations is a new addition to "SCM's Controversies in Contextual Theology" series. Like anything coming from Marcella Althaus-Reid and Lisa Isherwood, it is controversial and challenging as well as highly original. The book will: make visible a range of trans lived experience [transgendered and transsexual], offer theological reflection on these experiences, create challenging theology from this experiential base, and provide a resource for churches and theology students not to date available. It includes an excellent range of contributors, including Elizabeth Stuart and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott. This is a valuable addition to reading lists of courses on religion, gender and the body.