echatology

For many queer people, the doctrine of eschatology - which includes matters such as the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Last Judgment, heaven, and hell - raises a number of difficult issues, particularly since many of us have been told from a young age that we are going to hell because of our sexualities and/or gender identities. As such, it is not surprising that LGBT theologians often do not address this doctrine in their theologies.

Ironically, however, the doctrine of last things may be the queerest doctrine of all because it is the ultimate return to the radical love that is so extreme that it dissolves all boundaries, then the ultimate dissolution of identities is what will occur at the end of time. As such, the doctrine of last things can be understood as the “horizon of radical love” to which we are all directed and oriented.

—  Dr. Patrick S. Cheng, “Last Things: Horizon of Radical Love,” Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology