A theology professor advancing a sexualized interpretation of the Bible claims Jesus was a “drag king” who had “queer desires.”
Tat-siong Benny Liew, chair of New Testament Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, has written extensively on gender, sexuality and race in the Bible, coming to the conclusion that Jesus was God, man and gender fluid.
In a 2009 volume he co-edited, “They Were All Together in One Place?: Toward Minority Biblical Criticism,” Mr. Liew argues Christ “ends up as a drag-kingly bride in his passion” and engages in “(homo)sexual bonding” on the cross.
“What I am suggesting is that, when Jesus’ body is being penetrated, his thoughts are on his father,” the professor continues. “He is, in other words, imagining his passion experience as a (masochistic?) sexual relation with his own Father.”
In his gospel, John invites his readers “to perform a kind of pan-eroticism” when the apostle Thomas puts his finger in Jesus’ side following the resurrection, the New Testament scholar argues.
Mr. Liew’s unorthodox views were unearthed by The Fenwick Review, the student newspaper of the Jesuit liberal arts college in Worchester, Massachusetts.
The article points out that many of Mr. Liew’s publications, including “They Were All Together in One Place?” are behind display cases in the Religious Studies Department.
Mr. Liew is often responsible for teaching the college’s primary New Testament class, the Review reported, and has also taught “Sex, Money, Power, and Sacred Texts” and “Apocalyptic Then and Now.”
“The position and prestige which accompany an endowed chair in Religious Studies testify to the esteem in which his work is held by the College’s administration and academic community,” the Review reported. “He continues to be held up as an example and a bold successor to the learned and discerning tradition of our Catholic and Jesuit College of the Holy Cross.”