August 26, 2015 / Perspective
The best – or perhaps only – way for theology to be itself is to fail.
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While Halberstam’s articulation of the concept of “queer forgetfulness” is rich and widely applicable, we may not want to be too quick to assume that forgetfulness can function as a normative concept. In respect to economically marginalized groups, such as African Americans in the United States, forgetting and forming the new kinds of queer kinship bonds Halberstam speaks about may simply be impossible. Within certain minority groups family bonds and the memory of the past may well be necessary for survival and act as the material through which creative transformation of the past emerges.
In this essay Brandy Daniels explores how a queer embrace of failure is generative for Christian virtue ethical frameworks; and argues that failure, through its critical skepticism of the notion of stable and normative paths towards clear ideals, provides a counter-framework for a theological anthropology that acknowledges and affirms creaturely existence and engenders a liberative ethics grounded in risk-taking and inclusion.