Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges

Bisexuality and the Western Christian Church

The Damage of Silence

Authors: A Shepherd, Carol

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  • Highlights the pressing need for the western Christian church to review its binary understandings of human sexuality
  • Considers the mental health implications of ignoring bisexuality, within religious communities as within secular ones
  • Explores the marginalization of bisexual congregants in light of the binary categorization of sexual identities 
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About this book

This book critically examines the lived experiences of bisexual Christians across a range of Christian traditions in the UK and the USA. Shepherd assesses whether current data on elevated rates of depressive illnesses among bisexual people also apply to the bisexual Christian community. Drawing on data collected by the author on bisexual Christians across the lifespan, the book uncovers shocking incidences of biphobia and bi erasure in the Church. Widespread ignorance among pastors of middle sexualities outside of the hetero-/homonormative binary is revealed as well as a corresponding absence of appropriate support resources.

Bisexuality and the Western Christian Church will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including gender studies, applied theology, sociology and social psychology. It is also important reading for clergy, and LGBT faith organisations.

With a Foreword by Eric Anderson, Professor of Sport, Masculinities, and Sexualities, University of Winchester, UK.


About the authors

Carol Shepherd is a researcher at the University of Winchester, UK. She is a bisexual Christian and former lay preacher.


Reviews

“In Bisexuality and the Western Christian Church, Shepherd provides an important contribution to our understanding of Christian bisexual people. Straddling two sub-disciplines which are all-too-often inaccessible or focused on theory rather than the everyday experiences of people’s lives, Shepherd has found a way to give voice to her participants in a way that engages and enhances our knowledge. Drawing on an impressive 83 interviews with bisexual Christians, the book provides a sensitive and nuanced account of these peoples' lives and offers important arguments about how our social institutions can support them and reduce prejudice against them.” (Mark McCormack, University of Roehampton, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • A Conspiracy of Silence: Bisexuality and Christianity

    Pages 1-24

    Shepherd, Carol A.

  • Why Be Happy When You Can Be Normal? Heteronormativity and Worship in the Western Christian Church

    Pages 25-41

    Shepherd, Carol A.

  • Too Hot to Handle: A Denominational Sweep of Bisexual Erasure in the Church

    Pages 43-69

    Shepherd, Carol A.

  • The Damage of Silence: Bisexual Christians Discuss Mental Health

    Pages 71-115

    Shepherd, Carol A.

  • Intersectional Identities: Bisexual Christians Discuss Self-Actualisation and Spirituality

    Pages 117-139

    Shepherd, Carol A.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bisexuality and the Western Christian Church
Book Subtitle
The Damage of Silence
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-94679-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-94679-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-94678-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06897-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 306
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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