FORTUNATELY, THERE's NOtrace of New Age inCheri DiNovoâe(TM)s Que(e)rying Evangelism: Growing a community from the outside in, nocan-we-all-get-alongChristianity of theamorphous blobâe"Godâe"the inoffensive,multi-denominationalcreature of so manywriters of the contemporary left.
DiNovoâe(TM)s theology is as orthodox asher politics are radical, and she reads thecanon of Protestantism side by side withqueer theory, feminism, post-structuralismand deconstruction. Not only doesthis dialogue work, but DiNovo shows itcan also be put to work: her book is abouthow the ethics of unconditional hospitalitycan be practised, what forms evangelismfrom the outside in can take, andhow queer theology can be lived by aqueer Christian.
The chapter âeoeQu(e)erying Moralityâe is awonderful provocation, especially to thoseof us interested in ethics of virtues andthe ideas of good. When we dare toassume that our way is the way to livemorally and godly, we dare to assumeGodâe(TM)s perspective. Although this is ABC ofProtestantism, DiNovoâe(TM)s queer elaborationadds a punch. She argues that human conceptsare bound to fall short of everbecoming identical to Godâe(TM)s revelation.From this humbled position, it is impossibleto condemn fellow human beingswhose difference appalls us.
The expectation is to love your neighbouras yourself and to love God, but howdo we create criteria to filter the just fromthe wicked? God is laughing when thehuman is thinkingâe"or trying to bemoral, adds DiNovo to this Jewish proverb.
DiNovoâe(TM)s sermons, like her book, areintensely personal, carefully hermeneutic,moving and witty. While queer and postmoderntheologies are now commonresearch interests at seminaries in the U.S.and the U.K., DiNovo is something of ananomaly in Canada. The hope is that therewill be an entire noisy school in a fewyears, where Qu(e)erying Evangelismnow treads alone.âe"Lydia Perovic
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