Prof. Adrian Thatcher
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Redeeming Gender

For 25 years I have been writing about theology and sexuality. Two principal issues have been the possibility of the accommodation of women’s bodies in masculine sacral and sacramental space (the ordination of women), and the possibility of the accommodation of same-sex desire within the modern two-sex binary (homosexuality). They have a common yet largely unnoticed root: gender.

The lecture anticipates the argument of my forthcoming book Redeeming Gender (OUP, July 2016). The lecture has two parts. In part 1 I outline 7 theses about gender and its history: in part 2 I suggest how theological progress could be made on both of these

troublesome issues.

I have read similar but different versions of this paper in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University in November 2015; in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at Lancaster University in February 2016; in the Faculty of Education and Theology at York St. John University in March 2016; and in the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University, in April 2016.
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