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New ‘Peer-Reviewed’ Journal Will Examine ‘Trans and Queer Studies in Religion’

New ‘Peer-Reviewed’ Journal Will Examine ‘Trans and Queer Studies in Religion’

“Studying trans and queer people in religion is an opportunity to grow in knowledge and to debunk sometimes baseless interpretations of Christian teachings”

There is no topic that will not be subjected to this kind of treatment. Everything must be examined through the leftist filter.

The College Fix reports:

New ‘peer-reviewed’ journal to examine ‘trans and queer studies in religion’

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, a pair of religious studies professors have started up the first journal “dedicated to expanding both scholarly and public knowledge about the full range of rich and complex connections between religion, gender, and sexuality.”

According to UC Riverside News, the QTR: A Journal of Trans and Queer Studies in Religion is a peer-reviewed publication and founded by the University of California Riverside’s Melissa Wilcox and Joseph Marchal of Ball State University (pictured).

The QTR (Queer, Trans, Religion) website notes the journal will “explore Christianity, Buddhism, Jewish communities and other faith groups through a queer and trans studies lens” and “feature queer and trans approaches to sacred texts as well as ways trans and queer people have created their own religious spaces.”

“Religion is historically a part of both oppression and resistance, and the work of scholars and creatives in this area can help us all to better understand and intervene in these dynamics,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox also notes on the QTR site that the new journal will allow for a more in-depth examination of queer theory than articles in “mainstream” journals.

The UC Riverside report notes the fledgling journal comes as numerous “anti-LGBTQ” bills have been introduced in many U.S. states which “challenge or restrict gender-transition care for minors, trans sports laws, books, and even drag shows.”

From the article:

Studying trans and queer people in religion is an opportunity to grow in knowledge and to debunk sometimes baseless interpretations of Christian teachings that underlie a lot of the newest wave of trans antagonism, Wilcox said.

Marchal said while students and communities are craving knowledge on issues surrounding this topic many higher education institutions and communities are still playing catch up with the decades of research on queer and trans studies in religion.

QTR’s forthcoming companion website will include more bite-sized examples of research to understand how sexuality, gender, and religion are historically interconnected. The website will include multimedia, blog-style entries, and other resources to address general interest in this area.


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Proving that peer review has more to do with gatekeeping and conformity than scholarship.

ahad haamoratsim | August 27, 2023 at 2:31 pm

How appropriate that yesterday in the weekly Torah portion (Ki Tzetze), we were commanded
“ 5A man’s attire shall not be on a woman, nor may a man wear a woman’s garment because whoever does these [things] is an abomination to the Lord, your God.”

    henrybowman in reply to ahad haamoratsim. | August 27, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    That’s hilarious.
    An item of local trivia that I’ve always greatly enjoyed is the very first town ordinance of our local town, passed after its incorporation back in 1909:
    “Women shall not appear in men’s clothing in public, & vice versa.”
    I’ve always wondered was life was like here way back then, that this was the first and most important issue the town fathers needed to address.

      ahad haamoratsim in reply to henrybowman. | August 28, 2023 at 9:51 am

      The Greeks thought it was hilarious that we didn’t expose deformed infants to die on a mountaintop.

      And the Romans thought it was hilarious that the Pater Familias did not enjoy unrestricted power of life and death over his children.

Let me vote for the other side here.
This is precisely where it belongs.
We’re always saying that “wokeness is the religion of the left.”
Well then, this is precisely — and only — the academic niche it belongs in.

George_Kaplan | August 27, 2023 at 9:59 pm

I guess this ‘scholarly journal’ won’t be interested in what the texts actually have to say on the subject given it would debunk the baseless concept of this publication..

Steven Brizel | August 28, 2023 at 8:44 am

Such “studies” have zero to do with traditional moral values .

Steven Brizel | August 28, 2023 at 8:46 am

You can be sure that anyone associated with such a program as a professor or student has zero awareness and respect for traditional moral values in their own lives