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The attitude of the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe to homosexuality: towards a socio-sexological theological investigation

Mudavanhu, Jannet (2010)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

The issues raised by the phenomenon of homosexuality among the Shona are so complex in their nature. The widely held assumptions are that firstly, there is no place for gays and lesbian within the Shona culture and secondly, God Forbids. To justify these claims they point to prevalent socio-cultural as well as ecclesiastical intermediary systems that serve as authorities to enforce and monitor specific rules of conduct and moral goals. The study explores these conventional notions and attempts to establish the reality in which these moral actions are carried out. It marks the beginning of the work of demystification and deconstruction of various existing theories and theologies of sexuality. By scanning through the intricate socio-cultural and ecclesiastical structures the study seeks to identify the place of homosexuality among the Shona and discuss the paradoxes and contradictions presented by the Church‟s approach. This study is an analysis of the underlying issues in regards to homosexuality among the Shona. Such an analysis helps in identifying and developing contextual sexual theological approaches.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Stringer, Martin D.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Department of Theology and Religion
Subjects:HT Communities. Classes. Races
BV Practical Theology
BX Christian Denominations
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:1223
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