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    Homosexuality, created bodies, and Queer fantasies in a Nigerian Deliverance Church

    Richman, Naomi (2021) Homosexuality, created bodies, and Queer fantasies in a Nigerian Deliverance Church. Journal of Religion in Africa 50 , pp. 249-277. ISSN 1570-0666.

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    In recent years the use of ‘gay cure’ therapies by religions has become a major public controversy in the West. Deliverance, or exorcism, is pointed to as an example of a Christian practice used to try and change a person’s sexuality. Pentecostal churches specialising in deliverance have become particularly popular on the African continent in the last few decades, where beliefs that homosexuality is immoral and un-African are also widespread. At the same time, public discourse about African Christian attitudes to sexuality in the West tends to misunderstand the way religion contributes to cultures of heteronormativity in Africa. This article analyses how African deliverance churches view same-sex relations by investigating a large Nigerian deliverance church publicly accused of practising conversion therapies. It argues that the church’s views on homosexuality derive from its theological understanding of human creation, and that there is more scope for queer expression than first appears.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): gay-conversion therapies, Africa, homophobia, gay rights, deliverance, Pentecostalism, spiritual warfare, African sexuality
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Naomi Richman
    Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2021 08:06
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:11


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