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narratives and social relations. In this chapter, I explore the vastly expanding repertoire of narratives through which LGBTQ Christians make sense of themselves and their lives. I also reflect here on how one queer sociologist, me, has been troubled into an immensely expanded awareness through engaging with queer Christians who are (re)naming their place in scriptures, families, congregations, and politics. 1 This story begins in the mid-1990s when I happened into the nascent “open and affirming” movement taking shape in several mainline Protestant congregations. My

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Making Sense of Religious Lives

This edited collection harnesses a diversity of interpretivist perspectives to provide a panoramic view of the production, experiences, contexts, and meanings of religion.

Scholars from the US, South Asia and Europe explore religious phenomena using ethnographic, comparative historical, psychosocial, and critical theoretical approaches. Each chapter addresses foundational themes in the study of religion – from identity, discourse and power to ritual, emotion, and embodiment. Authors examine dynamic intersections of race, gender, history, and the present within the religious traditions of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism, as well as among the non-religious.

Cutting boldly across religious traditions and paradigms, the book investigates areas of harmony and contradiction across different interpretive lenses to achieve a richer understanding of the meanings of religion.

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