03 February 2011

Book Review | Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology By Patrick S. Cheng

Product Details
Paperback: 160 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1596271329
ISBN-13: 978-1596271326
Author: Patrick S. Cheng

Synopsis: Contextual theologies have developed from a number of perspectives — including feminist theology, Black theology, womanist theology, Latin American liberation theology, and Asian American theology — and a wide variety of academic and general introductions exist to examine each one.

However, Radical Love is the first introductory textbook on the subject of queer theology.

Queer theology is concerned with questions about the meaning of existence, as posed by lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and other "queer" seekers. The classic problems of theology apply: the problems of both natural and human evil; the problem of "God," or the ultimate source of the universe; the problem of the purpose of human life; the problem of ethical conduct; and the problem of human desire for eternal life.

Part One of this new book provides a historical survey of how queer theology has developed from the 1950's to today. Part Two is a substantive, but highly readable introduction to the themes of queer theology using the ecumenical creeds as a general framework. Topics include revelation, God, Trinity, creation, Jesus Christ, atonement, sin, grace, Holy Spirit, church, sacraments, and last things, as seen through the lenses of LGBT theologians.

About the author: Patrick S. Cheng is the Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cheng holds a Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Yale College. He is a blogger with the Huffington Post and an ordained minister with the Metropolitan Community Churches.

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