Hidden Perspectives

Bringing the Bible Out of the Closet

Minna Shkul


“Born this Way”: Lady Gaga & the Bible on the Birth of the New Humanity”


This presentation will explore the video and lyrics of Lady Gaga’s anthem, “Born This Way”, with particular interest on its concepts of parenthood, new humanity, no prejudice and boundless freedom, their biblical echoes and subversion of traditional Christian values. The questions of freedom, gender, ethnicity, and equality were key concerns to early Christians – nearly 2000 years ago – as they imagined that God created new humanity in Christ, and proclaimed a message of equality of all people, in the way that was important for them, their identity and situation. This presentation will examine how Lady Gaga reapplies biblical ideas to promote diverse identities, equality and freedom.

Minna is a Biblical Studies teacher at the University of Sheffield, interested in how religious traditions function in different communities and popular culture, researching questions of gender, identity, prejudice and discrimination, and evolution of religiousness and Christian faith.



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