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God and the Transgender Debate

Narrated by: Adam Verner
Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
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What is transgender and gender fluidity? What does God's word actually say about these issues? How can the gospel be good news for someone experiencing gender dysphoria? How should churches respond?

This warm, faithful, and careful book helps Christians understand what the Bible says about gender identity. It will help us to engage lovingly, thoughtfully, and faithfully with one of the most explosive cultural discussions of our day.

If you want to learn more and love better, and are open to considering what God has to say about sex and gender, this hope-filled book is for you.

Includes a section looking at practical questions including:

Can someone be transgender and Christian?

Should I mind if people who are biologically the other sex are in my restroom?

What should church leaders do if a congregation member asks for their child to be identified as the opposite gender?

Is it true that Christian teaching is harmful and can lead to depression and higher suicide rates?

What about people who are born intersex?

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  • Tina
  • Dublin
  • 11-27-18

Difficult Topic

It's great that someone wrote a christian view on the topic. Book goes on details how christianity views man and woman, how they see Transgender and what they think about gender disporia. What they think abou bathroom bills, public schools, how trans folks should live and how should christians accept trans people. I liked the fact that they agree that GD is a real thing. I am tou not sure if this is a general view of the church or just a view of the author, because I know about priests who have a different view. I am not anymore at the church because I disagree with the messages on many points, and transgenderism is just one. And I had the feeling at the end of unlogical conclutions and that there were mentioned only those facts which were in favour of the statement. But it's good that there is a statement so you can understand what to expect and understand the behaviour of believers. Bring a lot of emphaty and listen. It's good to understand people around and their motivations.

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How to Clobber Transgender People

Andrew says he is compassionate for transgender people. And it seems thar he is in his writing as he comisurates about the pain that trans people experience dealing with gender dysphoria.

But then he still treats them as second class citizens within the church. As a transgender person I would never go to his church. He is happy to get them into his church so that they can cure them. And if they want to go to heaven then they need to renounce their transition. Back into the closet with you, I hear him saying.

I have been a Christian for 44 of my 63 years and God has never condemed me for being trans. Andrew has already condemed me and all of my trans brothers and sisters without having met us.

He is right in some things though. Gender dysphoria is a terrible condition to have. Transitioning only goes so far to solving the problem. Without God in ones life no one can be truly at peace.

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Excellent! Compassion and Faithfulness to Bible

Andrew Walker wisely brings in the wisdom of Scripture and the Christian worldview to address. He zeroes on both the need for clarity and understanding regarding this issue, but also the need for Christians who desire to be faithful to Scripture to also listen to those who are hurting from the transgender community. The reality is that no one can truly change the gender that God assigned to them, but that doesn't mean we should trample those who are lost and struggling over their sexual identity.

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  • human4lyf
  • 07-21-19

Frustratingly Light

The book fails to engage in a sustained discussion on what defines a person's gender and the various perspectives on what gender is to properly show what the Biblical view of gender is. Instead, it only briefly discusses this with a very surface level assertion that God made humanity male and female and that gender is determined by chromosomes and therefore people's gender is their birth sex, ignoring any critique of this. It also doesn't do any exegesis of Bible passages to show their argument so, if you are not convinced by this basic logic and are looking for an in depth discussion, this book does not deliver.

The low point of the book is it stating in chapter 9 that people who have transitioned and subsequently converted should revert their gender identity to their birth sex without reference to Paul's advice in 1 Corinthians 7:20.

Despite these failings, there are a few helpful points, particularly chapters 8 and 10 which emphasise the need for love regardless of our perspectives on gender identity. Chapter 10 is a refreshing call out of the church and its attitudes towards the marginalised historically and currently towards transgender people.

Overall, despite the title, the book doesn't properly engage with any legitimate debate on transgender issues and will not challenge anyone's views on this issue.