Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology

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Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology. Patrick S. Cheng. (New York: Seabury Books, 2011, Pp. 162. $20.00.)

Patrick S. Cheng's book Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology seeks to dissolve divisions between Christianity and queer theory through the concept of "radical love." As a theologian on the faculty of Episcopal Divinity School and an ordained minister, Cheng asserts that radical love is firmly entrenched within both Christianity and queer theory. Radical love, "is a love so extreme that it dissolves our existing boundaries" (x).

Cheng begins chapter one with an overview of the ways "queer" has been defined and later developed within the field of theology. He explains how queer theory and queer theology question, dissolve and ultimately destabilize divisive categories such as sexuality, gender, and divinity. The first chapter concludes with a discussion of queer theology through the lenses of scripture, tradition, reason, and experience (11).

Chapter two begins with the historical context of the field of queer theology. Cheng divides the process of developing queer theology into four threads: apologetic, liberation, relational and academic. He differentiates the four threads by explaining how queer people engage, encounter, and are incorporated into Christian theologies. For example, Cheng refers to John Boswell's book Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality (1980) as an "apologetic" work that justified LGBT inclusion within the Christian community. …

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