By Ludger H. Viefhues-Bailey
While conservative Christian teams refuse to acknowledge same-sex marriage, there's extra to their debate than biblical literalism or nostalgia for easy gender roles. Investigating why conservative Christians are so energized by way of a subject that, in response to their very own records, impacts just a small variety of americans, Ludger Viefhues-Bailey confronts a profound theological conundrum: conservatives of either sexes are requested right now to be assertive and submissive, masculine and female, either in the domestic, the church, society, and the state.
Focusing totally on texts produced by means of specialise in the relations, a number one media and ministry association informing conservative Christian tradition, Viefhues-Bailey discovers exact rules of male homosexuality: gender-disturbed and passive; and oversexed, strongly masculine, and competitive. those homosexualities let a posh excellent of Christian masculinity, in response to which males are either assertive towards the realm and submissive towards God and kinfolk. This internet of sexual contradiction impacts the movement of strength among the sexes and in the nation. Notions of sexual equality are joined to claims of "natural" distinction, setting up a fraught foundation for first rate romantic marriage. Heterosexual union is then taken care of as emblematic of, if no longer necessary to, the good fortune of yankee political existence. faraway from developing gender balance, those tensions produce an unending striving for stability. Viefhues-Bailey's ultimate, terrific flow is to attach the will for balance to ideas of political power.
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Between a Man and a Woman?: Why Conservatives Oppose Same-Sex Marriage (Gender, Theory, and Religion) by Ludger H. Viefhues-Bailey