Lesbian / Feminist Theology: Sensuous, Erotic

“Lesbian theology developed as a distinct body of theology in primary relationship with feminist rather than gay male liberal or liberationist theology. The influence of gay male theology upon lesbian theology has been minimal, but lesbian theology has had an enormous influence on gay liberationist theology as  gay liberationist theologians sought to acknowledge and “respect” the difference of lesbians”

– Elisabeth Stuart, Gay and Lesbian Theologies

Characteristic of these feminist/lesbian theologians is a celebration of  the sensuousand the “erotic”  – but an eroticism which is much more broadly defined than as mere genital titillation. For these women, the erotic includes joy in relationships of all kinds, not necessarily sexual.

Stuart identifies the most important and influential of these feminist theologians as Carter Heyward, but also discusses the work of Mary E Hunt and herself – Elisabeth Stuart.

Carter Heyward

Touching Our Strength: The Erotic As Power and the Love of God (1989)

Saving Jesus From Those Who Are Right

Anne Bathurst Gilson

Eros Breaking Free: Interpreting Sexual Theo-Ethics

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

Sensuous Spirituality

Mary E. Hunt

Fierce Tenderness: A Feminist Theology of Friendship


Elisabeth Stuart

Just Good Friends: Towards a Lesbian and Gay Theology of Relationships


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