HDS 2387

Complementarity and Its Discontents: Sexual Difference in Premodern Christianity and Contemporary Debate

Cameron Elliot Partridge


From responses to marriage equality, to the ordination of openly lesbian and gay clergy, to the censure of women religious, to a growing awareness of trans and intersex embodiments—even as bisexuality remains under-recognized—Christian communities are struggling to understand the place of sexual difference in the human person. Hugely significant to these discussions—yet often underacknowledged within them—is the concept of sexual/gender complementarity, a contemporary theological idea with pre-modern roots. Drawing upon ancient, medieval, and contemporary sources in a variety of media, this course will examine various permutations, proponents and critics of this concept. In both critical and constructive modes we will consider whose identities, whose relationships, whose bodies are illumined or obscured by this idea, and what further frontiers of the human might take ecclesial conversation into new theological terrain.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Thurs 4pm-7pm
Divinity Hall Room 320

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Theology
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Preaching and Worship
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None