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Let me be honest. I am in fact a person who fits the definition of "queer" that he gives. Although I have been married to a person of the opposite sex for over fifty years, and we are the parents of five children, four of which are "naturally born" and one adopted, my husband is bisexual. At the time when he came out to me, in the early 1970's, there was almost nothing available in terms of positive discussion of alternative lifestyles. Fortunately, due to the writing of Troy Perry, John McNeill, and John Boswell, all of whom are sources cited in Patrick Cheng's amazing treatise, I began to move in the direction of understanding which this author has so wonderfully summarized.
The fact is that Cheng has indeed articulated what everyone who has any interest in the reality of "God with Us", which is the fundamental premise of Christianity, needs to recognize. Although the book is a bit academic in parts, and the footnotes are completely illegible to my aging eyes, his research is impeccable. I know this because over the nearly 40 years of my own journey into understanding the truth that God not only loves, but intentionally created, a diversity that includes people of ALL sexual orientations and genders, I gladly read many of those authors.
The basic premise of this book is that when we say "God is Love", we have to honestly accept the fullness of the meaning of that statement, not just mouth a platitude. Anyone who is serious about going beyond antiquated doctrines into a genuine understanding of what the meaning of Christianity must be for our modern age cannot afford to overlook Cheng's exceptionally creative reflections.