In this Dialogue podcast Editor Taylor Petrey discusses “Modern LDS Teachings on Gender in Context.” From the Miller Eccles website:
This presentation will summarize some key findings from his forthcoming book, Tabernacles of Clay: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Mormonism (University of North Carolina Press). In particular, he will be presenting the history of the idea of gender as an “eternal” category of identity and purpose. This presentation will consider the modern history of gender as an unchanging, essential category and compare it to other conservative religious groups in the late-twentieth century. Further, this presentation will explore the relationship between gender and sexuality as they were constructed by LDS church leaders in the recent past.
Dr. Petrey received his ThD and MTS from Harvard Divinity School in New Testament and Early Christianity and his BA from Pace University in Philosophy and Religious Studies. He teaches courses in ancient Christianity and ancient Judaism, including the sacred texts that comprise the Bible for both traditions. His teaching and research explore the use and meaning of the Bible, early Christian thought, and the history of gender, sexuality, and kinship in Christianity. He is the author of Resurrecting Parts: Early Christians on Desire, Reproduction and Sexual Difference (Routledge, 2015) and Tabernacles of Clay: Sexual Difference in Modern Mormonism (forthcoming). He is the co-editor of several books, including Re-Making the World: Early Christianity and Categories: Essays in Honor of Karen L. King (Mohr Seibeck, forthcoming); The Bible in Latter-day Saint Tradition (Oxford, forthcoming); and The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender Studies (Routledge, forthcoming).