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Heteronormatiwiteit, homofobie en homoseksualiteit – ’n roetekaart vir ’n inklusiewe kerk

Yolanda Dreyer
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 62, No 2 | a375 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v62i2.375 | © 2006 Yolanda Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 September 2006 | Published: 17 September 2006

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Yolanda Dreyer, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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Heteronormativity, homophobia and homosexuality – mapping for an inclusive church

The aim of the article is to indicate that heteronormativity has prevailed from pre-modern times to the modern world. The article argues that heteronormativity, embedded in a patriarchal mind-set, is central to the dynamics of belief patterns which determine, among others, gender roles, heterosexual marriage and sexual ethics which manifest in insider-outsider love-hate relationships. Aversion to sexual minorities (those who are not heterosexual) is a conse-quence. The article explores the following: the interconnection of sexuality, marriage and religion; the connection between homo-phobia and heteronormativity, and how these influence the sexual ethics of the church. In light of the above, the article focuses on the hatred of gays as a consequence of heteronormativity. It explains how an approach to Scripture which uncritically accepts patriarchy, could lead to the justification of homophobia. The article proposes biblical theological perspectives for a postmodern church which is inclusive and loyal to the spirit of the Christian gospel.


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