Nimrod’s Children Have Bodies: Humanist Sensibilities, Black Theology, and Sex(uality)
In section III of this book, I have suggested that humanism serves as a hermeneutic by which various life events and historical moments are unpacked and understood. In this chapter, I continue my work with humanism as hermeneutic and apply it to a vexing issue— sex(uality). Giving primary attention to the humanist principle of human central-ity and the sense of irreverence that marks the legacy of Nimrod, I chronicle the negative tension between religiosity and sexuality in the context of black religion and black theology. My goal is to present the nature of this tension and offer a way of better addressing sex(uality) within the context of black religious life and thought.2 I begin this discussion with attention to the historical context for current notions of black sex(uality).
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