chapter  8
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Demonology: embodying rebellious spirits

Embodying rebellious spirits Queer redemptions

Queer Theology may be a call to reflect one day on a theology of mistresses and hidden lovers who are also the aliens of theology and Christian ethics. Such a theology posits for us questions such as: What shall we preserve from the past of our love lives? How shall we add to love and preserve love? It might inform us on which memories from meaningful love affairs should be kept alive and thus redeemed in the history of the contributions of our hearts to the memories of humanity. Redemption is after all a praxis of our past and a sexual praxis which accommodates the effects of the love life of people’s bodies. This sexual praxis then begins its own counter project of redemption. Elizabeth Stuart has already written of the Feminist theological ‘attempt to redeem … the central beliefs of the Christian tradition from their patriarchal formulation’, which is part of her own Sexual Theology (Stuart 1996: x). The question posited here is one of redemption with a different cartography of love. Or, to put it a different way, there is still a need for redemption in our lives, but there is no longer a clear-cut location for sexual redemption.