From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ

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Church Publishing, Inc., Mar 1, 2012 - Religion - 192 pages
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Unique synthesis of liberation, queer and postcolonial theologians over the last few decades within a unified theological framework Will advance the inclusion of LGBT people within church and society Useful resource for all people who struggle to make sense of the traditional Christian doctrines of sin and grace in the 21st century Throughout the history of Christianity, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT” or?“queer”) people have been condemned as unrepentant sinners who are in dire need of God’s?saving grace. As a result of this condemnation, LGBT people have been subjected to great?spiritual, emotional and physical abuse and violence. This issue has taken on a particular?urgency in light of the horrific string of suicides over the last year of young LGBT people who?were subjected to harassment and bullying by their classmates. Cheng argues that people need to be liberated from the traditional legal model of thinking?about sin and grace as a violation of divine and natural laws in which grace is understood as?the strength to refrain from violating such laws. Rather Cheng proposes a Christological model?based upon the theologies of Irenaeus, Bonaventure and Barth, in which sin and grace are?defined in terms of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. This book will serve as a useful resource for all people who struggle to make sense of the?traditional Christian doctrines of sin and grace in the context of the 21st century
 

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Consider yourself thrice marginalized - now as a theologian.
You write (p. xii) that "grace is God's acquittal of our crime.and our rehabilitation that we will no longer sin again."
I don't where you get that we are sinless after a first acquittal (when was your first sin and acquittal - do you even remember?).
This is inconsistent with your proposal - if sin is a result of immaturity, then we never mature; and when do we come divine (gods)?
You propose seven models that can't be squared with Scripture. Consider number (5) "grace as pride": In the face of pride, destruction - in the face of stumbling, a haughty spirit. (Prov. 16:18) If those things that you celebrate, being clearly proscribed in Leviticus, by Jesus, by Paul, and by John of Patmos (not to say by most societies) are not "shameful," then nothing is, and pride, however you might view it, is not necessary as a palliative because you have already given away the store.
BTW - the two folks who posted 5-star reviews each posted twice (surprise!) - there are only two 5-star and two 1-star reviews.
 

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Farcical, non historical, and pure same sex propaganda. No one should take this book seriously for any reason or waste time reading it. This book is some sort of sick, blasphemous joke no legitimate scholar would take seriously.This book is bird cage lining or toilet paper, it has no other legitimate uses. A sick book by an even more sick author. 

Contents

The Erotic 6 Model Two The Out 7 Model Three The Liberator 8 Model Four The Transgressive Christ
101
The SelfLoving 1 11
113
The Interconnected Christ
121
The Hybrid Conclusion 14
133
Bibliography
151
Index
165
About the Author
171
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