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"If radical love is understood as a love so extreme that it dissolves boundaries, then Jesus Christ is the living embodiment of the dissolution of boundaries. As such, Jesus Christ is the boundary-crosser extraordinaire, whether this relates to divine, social, sexual, or gender boundaries."    - Patrick S. Cheng ; Radical Love (p. 79)


"For me, as an openly gay Asian American person of faith, I believe that my life—as well as the lives of other LGBT people of color who are self-identified as spiritual or religious—is a reflection of the inner life of the Trinity. All too often, we are forced to separate our sexual, racial, and spiritual identities into separate compartments."    - Patrick S. Cheng ; Radical Love (pp. 59-60)


"Coming out, as an act of boundary crossing, challenges society’s traditional view that issues of sexuality and gender identity should remain unspoken and outside the realm of public discourse. Coming out, therefore, is an act of radical love that parallels how God reveals Godself to us through revelation."    - Patrick S. Cheng ; Radical Love (p. 46)


"The primary concern of this strand was not just acceptance of queer people by the church, but also the demonstration of how queer liberation—that is, freedom from heterosexism and homophobia, as well as the freedom to be one’s own authentic self—is at the very heart of the gospel message and Christian theology."    - Patrick S. Cheng ; Radical Love (p. 30)


"Like all other theologies, queer theology draws upon at least four sources: (1) scripture, (2) tradition, (3) reason, and (4) experience." .    - Patrick S. Cheng ; Radical Love (p. 11)


"In everything do unto others as you would have them do to you,; for this is the law and the prophets."    - ; Matthew 5:12


"Christian theology itself is a fundamentally queer enterprise because it also challenges and deconstructs—through radical love—all kinds of binary categories that on the surface seem fixed and unchangeable (such as life vs. death, or divine vs. human), but that ultimately are fluid and malleable."    - Patrick S. Cheng ; Radical Love (pp. 10-11)


"For it was you who formed my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."    - ; Psalm 139:13-14


"Queer theology can be understood as a way of doing theology that is rooted in queer theory and that critiques the binary categories of sexuality (that is, homosexual vs. heterosexual) and gender identity (that is, female vs. male) as socially constructed. In other words, queer theology argues that the discourse of classical Christian theology ultimately requires the erasing of the boundaries of essentialist categories of not only sexuality and gender identity, but also more fundamental boundaries such as life vs. death, and divine vs. human."    - Patrick S. Cheng ; Radical Love (p. 10)


"God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. God did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith."

   - ; Acts 15:8-9


"First, queer theology is LGBT people 'talking about God.' Second, queer theology is 'talking about God' in a selfconsciously transgressive manner, especially in terms of challenging societal norms about sexuality and gender. Third, queer theology is 'talk about God' that challenges and deconstructs the natural binary categories of sexual and gender identity."      - Patrick S. Cheng ; Radical Love (p. 9)


"To 'queer' something is to turn convention and authority on its head. It is about seeing things in a different light and reclaiming voices and sources that previously had been ignored, silenced, or discarded."    - Patrick S. Cheng ; Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology (p. 6)


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