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Kent L. Brintnall, Joseph A. Marchal, and Stephen D. Moore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277513

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277513.001.0001

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“They Had No Rest from This Torment”: Encountering the Apocalypse of Peter

“They Had No Rest from This Torment”: Encountering the Apocalypse of Peter

(p.161) “They Had No Rest from This Torment”: Encountering the Apocalypse of Peter
Sexual Disorientations

Brock Perry

Fordham University Press

Many have been left behind by the apparent push into a brighter future of growing civil and religious acceptance for LGBTQ people. Taking note of the rhetoric of recent accounts of the progress for LGBTQ rights in the United States, this essay stages an encounter with a text that documents an early Christian attempt to imagine a better future, The Apocalypse of Peter, through the lens of queer negativity and queer historiography. This reading raises questions not only for the contemporary narrative of progress for LGBTQ people, but also for readers and historians who desire to redeem the meaning of problematic texts in the archives of the history of Christianity or reject them outright. Ultimately, efforts to redeem or reject such artifacts in the name of a better, more inclusive future are in danger—perhaps unavoidably—of reifying the relational dynamics of exclusion that have characterized the marginalization of those marked as queer. The Apocalypse of Peter is haunting evidence of the violence with which a community’s vision of the future can be enacted on those who are made to represent the cause of its un-ending deferral.

Keywords:   apocalypse, Apocalypse of Peter, death drive, futurity, Hell House, LGBTQ rights, queer historiography, queer negativity

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