Chapter

Holiness Codes and Holy Homosexuals: Interpreting Gay and Lesbian Christian Subculture

in Shaking the World for Jesus

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780226326795
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226326801 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226326801.003.0005
Holiness Codes and Holy Homosexuals: Interpreting Gay and Lesbian Christian Subculture

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This chapter examines the Cathedral of Hope, the world's largest gay and lesbian church. This case study takes a step away from conservative evangelical culture, showing that much can be learned about what evangelicalism is by examining a culture which identifies so strongly as not being evangelical, or as the members of that congregation are more likely to put it, “fundamentalist.” Just as evangelicals see themselves as different from “the world” yet use worldly media forms to their own ends, the Cathedral defines itself, in large part, as a response against fundamentalism, while also incorporating elements of that culture into itself. The chapter is the book's odd man out in that it is not focused on evangelical media per se but rather on ex-fundamentalists and their understandings of their sexual identity.

Keywords: Cathedral of Hope; evangelical culture; gay church; evangelicalism; sexual identity

Chapter.  12238 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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