Understanding Transgender Identities

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One of the most pressing issues facing the evangelical church today involves dramatic shifts in our culture's perceptions regarding human sexuality. While homosexuality and same-sex marriage have been at the forefront, there is a new cultural awareness of sexual diversity and gender dysphoria. The transgender phenomenon has become a high-profile, battleground issue in the culture wars.

This book offers a full-scale dialogue on transgender identities from across the Christian theological spectrum. It brings together contributors with expertise and platforms in the study of transgender identities to articulate and defend differing perspectives on this contested topic. After an introductory chapter surveys key historical moments and current issues, four views are presented by Owen Strachan, Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky, Megan K. DeFranza, and Justin Sabia-Tanis. The authors respond to one another's views in a respectful manner, modeling thoughtful dialogue around a controversial theological issue. The book helps readers understand the spectrum of views among Christians and enables Christian communities to establish a context where conversations can safely be held.

Contents
Understanding Transgender Identities: An Introduction    Paul Rhodes Eddy and James K. Beilby
1. Transition or Transformation? A Moral-Theological Exploration of Christianity and Gender Dysphoria    Owen Strachan
Response by Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky
Response by Megan K. DeFranza
Response by Justin Sabia-Tanis
2. The Complexities of Gender Identity: Toward a More Nuanced Response to the Transgender Experience    Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky
Response by Owen Strachan
Response by Megan K. DeFranza
Response by Justin Sabia-Tanis
3. Good News for Gender Minorities    Megan K. DeFranza
Response by Owen Strachan
Response by Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky
Response by Justin Sabia-Tanis
4. Holy Creation, Wholly Creative: God's Intention for Gender Diversity    Justin Sabia-Tanis
Response by Owen Strachan
Response by Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky
Response by Megan K. DeFranza
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Endorsements

"Understanding Transgender Identities is a groundbreaking book that will support Christians in deepening their theological and biblical understanding and reflecting on pastoral care. The book's editors offer extensive definitions and arguments from natural and social science yet remain focused on how to best witness to God's love and serve Christ's purposes. The presence of four contributors shows there is no simple for-and-against binary here; rather, Christian certainties, worries, concerns, and joys intersect and diverge across these four views. While this may frustrate those already solidly committed to a point of view, it may delight the intellectual and curious mind. The most grateful reader will be the sincere Christian who wishes to love their transgender neighbor as themselves but is bewildered or uncertain about the linguistic, scientific, biblical, theological, and pastoral complexities associated with transgender. Understanding Transgender Identities will honor that sincerity while stretching the reader to consider a broad range of information and viewpoints."

Jenell Paris, professor of anthropology, Messiah College


The Authors

  1. James K. Beilby

    James K. Beilby

    James K. Beilby (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written or edited numerous books, including Thinking about Christian Apologetics. Beilby is...

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  2. Paul Rhodes Eddy

    Paul Rhodes Eddy

    Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of a number of books, including Across the Spectrum. Eddy is the...

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