The Queerness of Christian Theology

Long before I had theoretical or historical knowledge to fully articulate my idea, I always found many aspects of Christian theology to be either contradictory or unusual when recognizing the broader context. Let me explain with a specific example. Lots of thoughts below that some will find uncomfortable but that have been on my mind for years. 

Christian theology says that the Church is the bride of Christ. This is a very queer aspect of this theology. (This is not to be confused with Queer Theology, which would be completely different.)

The Church, according to dominant Christian theology, consist of people who have been saved or “born again.” These people are men and women.

Thus, things get interesting. Even more interesting when all of the history and biology and relevant social constructions are factored in.

Specifically, if the Church consist of men and women and the Church is the bride of Christ, who is deemed to be male, we have a situation where the ultimate result is all kinds of blurring and bending of ethical, gender, and sexual mores.  

For example, this theology has Christ, the son of the Christian God, marrying a group that consist of both men and women. Here we have manifestations of same-sex marriage, the feminization of men, polygamy, and/or polyamory.

Additionally, aspects of Christian theology hold that marriages are dissolved in heaven and that everyone is brother and sister. So the result, in some ways, is people who were married, become brother and sister (including any offspring they had as humans), and then marry Jesus. In addition to the above, here we have some kind of incestial relationship resulting, added to the fact that Christian theology says that we are all children of God/Jesus and therefore, brothers with Jesus/God. 

The above are all ways in which this theology is very queer – weird, abnormal, and depends on a blurring of what is considered normal and what is followed elsewhere. 

Of course, there are social constructions involved every step when looking at history and science. We know that marriage is always changing and is brand new, historically, when considered millions and billions of years. We also know that the categories of “male” and “female” are irrelevant and inaccurate when science is recognized.  

The above also helps show how problematic any theology is because it depends on applying socially constructed concepts and ideas based on knowledge available in a specific time and place to all times and all places, including those beyond this planet. 

Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda



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7 replies

  1. An interesting look at this. Thank you for sharing

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  2. And you can add to that the strange fact that Holy Communion can be seen as cannibalism if the claim that the bread and the wine are the actual body and blood of Christ is taken to be true. However, I think that the idea of the church as the “bride of Christ” is meant in the context of the church as an institution, not the church as a collection of men and women. In the Catholic tradition (and theology), the “church” has a separate meaning and existence that’s not dependent on who its members are, be they men, women, or prairie dogs. Go figure!

    Another reaction to your comments: to say that “the categories of “male” and “female” are irrelevant and inaccurate when science is recognized,” is an over-reach. There are theories and interpretations that would support this statement, but there are long-standing paradigms that affirm the reality of those categories. I doubt we’ll know anytime soon.

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    • Hello there!
      Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

      Communion is absolutely a form of ritualized cannibalism.

      And yes, even if we look at the Church as an institution, “marrying” an institution is very queer itself.

      Re: the categories of “male” and “female” – for sure lots of debate, for sure controversial, but this is something I have read a great deal about and have passionate feelings about – non-essentlists research for decades has pointed to the countless ways in which our two categories of sex are invalid.

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  3. Things/expressions in the Bible are often analogies in a man’s attempt to get across the Christian relationships with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. When the Bible says the church (both men and women) are the Bride of Christ, it merely means that Christ loves His church (defined as a “body of believers” regardless of Catholic/Protestant or denomination–just believers) it merely means that Christ loves (agape love) his followers AS a bridegroom loves his bride. When we get to heaven, our souls will meld with the entity of God (a little like Dr.Spock’s mind-meld maybe LOL) and their will be no sexes in heaven. If a man and his first wife go to heaven when they die and they have had second Christian soulmates on earth, all four will meld into the presence of God. No one will wonder will I be with my first love or my second. To label sisters and brothers in Christ as incestious is just silly.

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