Swarthmore College Offers Course in 'Queering God'

"This class destabilizes long held assumptions about what the Bible – and religion – says about gender and sexuality.”

Students at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania can now look forward to new course offerings in “Queering the Bible” and “Queering God,” according to Todd Starnes at Fox News.

The neologism "Queering," for anyone who might inexplicably be interested, refers to a method of analysis that reinterprets culture and history in terms of "queer theory." Hence one of the nation’s most prestigious liberal arts colleges is offering the aforementioned courses in order to advance, as Starnes puts it, "a 'queer theology' agenda with hopes of destabilizing traditional beliefs about what the Bible says about gender and sexuality."

“Queering the Bible” is a one-credit class that surveys “queer and trans readings of biblical texts.” The course description, Starnes reports, reads thusly: “By reading the Bible with the methods of queer and trans theoretical approaches, this class destabilizes long held assumptions about what the Bible – and religion – says about gender and sexuality."

The other course in the religion department at Swarthmore, a school founded by Quakers, questions the sexuality of God. It's called “Queering God: Feminist and Queer Theology.”

“The God of the Bible and later Jewish and Christian literature is distinctively masculine, definitely male. Or is He?” the description reads. “If we can point out places in traditional writings where God is nurturing, forgiving, and loving, does that mean that God is feminine, or female?”

Key themes include exploring the “tensions between feminist and queer theology” and examines “feminist and queer writings about God.”

Starnes notes that online critics have decried these new courses and correctly suggested they were intended to undermine Christianity.

First of all, educational institutions should be discouraging the silly, juvenile trend of reinventing certain nouns as verbs, such as "queer" or "adult." Second, "destabilizing long-held assumptions" is an aim of cultural Marxism, which schools also should also be discouraging; in fact, they should be teaching about the evils of cultural Marxism rather than promoting them.

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