Original Research - Special Collection: Negotiating diversity in Christian Communities

When faith does violence: Reimagining engagement between churches and LGBTI groups on homophobia in Africa

Gerald West, Charlene van der Walt, Kapya John Kaoma
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3511 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3511 | © 2016 Gerald West, Charlene van der Walt, Kapya John Kaoma | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 30 May 2016 | Published: 24 November 2016

About the author(s)

Gerald West, Old Testament and Biblical Hermeneutics in the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Charlene van der Walt, Department of Old and New Testament, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Kapya John Kaoma, Centre for Global Christianity and Mission, Boston University, United States


‘Homophobia’ is shorthand for stigmatising attitudes and practices towards people who demonstrate sexual diversity. In this article, we reflect on how African Christian faith may become redemptive rather than violent in the context of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex forms of sexuality.


Homophobia; Queer; Church


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