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Religion and Sexuality
Diversity and the Limits of Tolerance
Pamela Dickey Young   Heather Shipley   Tracy J. Trothen  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 1/27/2015
ISBN: 9780774828697    

$29.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2015
ISBN: 9780774828703    

264 Pages

Sexuality Studies series


About the Book

The relationship between religion and sexuality is often framed as inherently conflictual. Religious groups and ideologies have long influenced the public regulation of sexuality and recent controversies include religious opposition to same-sex marriage, sex education in schools, and non-traditional expressions of sexual identity. But what actually happens when religion and sexuality converge in contemporary contexts?

Religion and Sexuality challenges the commonly held assumption that religion's relationship to sexuality is solely bound up with regulation. In this provocative examination of both sexual and religious diversity, chapters go beyond the familiar debates over tolerance and accommodation to explore the ways in which various forms of religious affiliation and sexual identity do, in fact, co-exist.

Drawing on interviews and analyzing media representations, legislation, and public discourse, nine leading scholars investigate a range of sites where religion and sexuality intersect -- from opposition to same-sex marriage among Hong Kong Canadian Christians, to the implications of domestic violence on reproductive choice, and to the albeit secular religion of sport.

A major contribution to ongoing conversations about the role of religion and sexuality in society, this volume of cutting-edge scholarship foregrounds the complexity and multiplicity of religious and sexual identities and practices.

About the Author(s)

Pamela Dickey Young is a professor of religious studies at Queen's University.

Heather Shipley is the project manager for the Religion and Diversity Project at the University of Ottawa.

Tracy J. Trothen is an associate professor ethics and theology at Queen's University.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Heather Shipley

Part 1: Religion and the Construction of Sexual Minority Rights

1 Beyond Tolerance: Sexual Diversity and Economic Justice / Janet R. Jakobsen

2 "Severely Normal": Sexuality and Religion in Alberta's Bill 44 / Pamela Dickey Young

3 "I'm not Homophobic, I'm Chinese": Hong Kong Canadian Christians and the Campaign against Same-Sex Marriage / Lee Wing Hin

Part 2: Sexuality and the Construction of Religious Identities

4 Challenging Identity Constructs: The Debate over the Sex Education Curriculum in Ontario / Heather Shipley

5 When Religion Meets Sexuality: Two Tales of Intersection / Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip

6 Women, Sex, and the Catholic Church: The Implications of Domestic Violence for Reproductive Choice / Catherine Holtmann

Part 3: Sexual Bodies/Religious Bodies

7 The Construction of a Sexual Pedagogy: Childhood and Saints in Roman Catholic Discourse / Donald L. Boisvert

8 Corporeal Diversity in the Religion of Sport: The Debate over Enhanced Bodies / Tracy J. Trothen

9 Strong Spirits, Abused Bodies: Social, Political, and Theological Reflections / Nancy Nason-Clark

Conclusion / Pamela Dickey Young



"Sophisticated, cutting-edge scholarship. This volume explores complex connections between religion, sexuality, and social diversity while challenging an all-too-common presumption that religion is synonymous with regulatory control of sexual identity and sexual behaviour."
-- Marvin M. Ellison, author of Making Love Just: Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Times

"The authors present a persuasive argument about the complicated relationships between religion and sexuality. The challenges in this volume demand consideration."
-- Michele Murray, Professor in the William and Nancy Turner Chair in Christianity, Bishop's University

Sample Chapter

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