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Foucault, Augustine and the Queer Hippo

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Steve Holmes, who lectures in theology at St Andrews, and with whom I spent the day recently, has written a very thought-provoking piece on human sexuality. He considers Augustine, Michel Foucault, Judith Butler and the scriptures, and writes some delightfully aphoristic sentences in the process:

Is heterosexual monogamy normal? No. Augustine and Foucault can agree on that. Are faithful and committed gay and lesbian relationships normal? No. Augustine and Foucault can agree on that also. In Hippo, nothing is normal, and everything is queer.

And then his (superbly helpful) conclusion:

The issue for the churches should be what is gospel-shaped, not what is ‘normal’.

You can read the whole thing here.

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