From Sin to Amazing Grace

From Sin to Amazing Grace

by Patrick S. Cheng
     
 

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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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596272385
Publisher:
Church Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

THE REV. PATRICK S. CHENG, PhD is assistant professor of historical and systematic Theology at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. Cheng earned degrees at Union Theological Seminary in NY, Harvard Law School and Yale College. He is the author of the Spring 2011 Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology, also from Seabury Books.

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