J. Michael Clark
work is original in that he
has inserted himself precisely as a gay scholar in the midst of an ongoing conversation far larger than that of the gay world-including ecofeminism, Judaism, and Native American spirituality-and shows especially how queer theory and ecofeminism can illuminate each other."
begins by "naming the demons," primary among them homophobia, that threaten to undermine authentic existence.Using a canon that encompasses feminist, profeminist, and gay-affirmative writings, he
sees theological authority as residing not only in Scripture but also in the lived experience of the community of faith-including those, such as gay men and lesbians, who have been marginalized.
own experiences with suffering and death, the author shows that to live fully one must "acknowledge and yet defy tragedy."Thus he
shows how one travels from theodicy to ethics-from facing the darkness to moving through it.He
also demonstrates, thereby breaking important new ground in the field, how feminist theology and queer theory can illumine and enrich each other.
emphasizes the need for hopefulness, expressing his
own personal hope-that gay men and lesbians will eventually come to live celebratory, embodied lives that reclaim their full spiritual potential.J. MICHAEL CLARK is a theologian who teaches writing at Emory University and Georgia State University.He
is the author of Beyond Our Ghettos: Gay Theology in Ecological Perspective (Piigrim Press, 1993).