From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ

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CPG, Mar 1, 2012 - Religion - 192 pages
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A theologian discusses bridging the gap between the LGBTQ community and the fundamental oppression of traditional Christian doctrines.
Throughout the history of Christianity, the LGBTQ community has been condemned as unrepentant sinners who are in dire need of God’s saving grace. As a result of this condemnation, they 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 of young people who were subjected to harassment and bullying by their classmates because of their gender identities or sexual preferences.
In From Sin to Amazing Grace, Cheng argues that people need to be liberated from the traditional thinking about sin as a violation of divine and natural laws in which grace is understood as the strength to refrain from violating such laws. He 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 traditional Christian doctrines in the context of the twenty-first 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. 


The Erotic 6 Model Two The Out 7 Model Three The Liberator 8 Model Four The Transgressive Christ
The SelfLoving 1 11
The Interconnected Christ
The Hybrid Conclusion 14
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The Reverend Dr. Patrick S. Cheng is associate professor of historical & systematic theology at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He holds degrees from Union Theological Seminary, Harvard Law School, and Yale College. He is the author of the highly regarded books Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology and From Sin to Amazing Grace: Discovering the Queer Christ, both from Seabury Books.

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