The paired lines of investigation in this article trace, first, the challenges entailed by Christian-inflected queer theology’s primary methodological commitment to antinormativity. An examination of the consequences of antinormativity in queer theology prompts a search for other reading practices in fields like literary studies and queer theory. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Robyn Wiegman, and Rita Felski guide discussions of paranoid (or suspicious) and reparative (or postcritical) reading that provide a way to approach affective, political, and self-involving engagements with Christianity in queer theology beyond standard debates about the normativity of Christianity and its recuperative or destructive consequences.

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