OtherWise Christian: A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation by Mx. Chris Paige is a love letter to transgender communities, a self defense manual against Bible abuse and Christian trans-antagonism, and the beginning of a historical record of how far we have come.
OtherWise Christian reviews 25 years of transgender-affirming biblical scholarship. Mx. Chris Paige argues that the Bible shows us story after story of OtherWise-gendered people being used by God to further the kingdom. Yet, we have been bamboozled by a restrictive gender ideology that is aligned with empire, white supremacy and Christian supremacy. Jesus and our biblical ancestors invite us to join a gender-full resistance!
Scholarly, yet accessible, OtherWise Christian takes the Bible seriously, while presenting new vocabulary to connect modern transgender (and intersex) identities with gender non-conforming themes in the Christian Bible. The result is a bold and unapologetic interpretation of Christian tradition that will have you re-reading familiar Bible passages with new clarity.
"In many ways, this is the initial quick reference that I would have loved to find when I first started exploring my gender identity as a twenty-something Christian," says Paige about the book.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Practicing Safer Spirit/uality (Choose Life)
Chapter 2 On (OtherWise) Transgender Liberation
Chapter 3 Gender Diversity in Historical Context
Chapter 4 Sex, Gender, Science, and Arguments from Natural Law
Chapter 5 In the Beginning…?
Chapter 6 Queerly Created in the Image of God (Genesis 1:27)
Chapter 7 The Earth Creature(s) (Genesis 2:18-25)
Chapter 8 Biblical Self-Defense
Chapter 9 Cross-dressing and Drag (Deuteronomy 22:5)
Chapter 10 Crushed Testicles and Transgender Women (Deuteronomy 23:1)
Chapter 11 Of Words and Their Many Meanings
Chapter 12 Modern Day Eunuchs
Chapter 13 Blessed Is the Eunuch (Isaiah 56:1–5)
Chapter 14 Jesus and the Eunuchs (Matthew 19:11–12)
Chapter 15 Two Ethiopian Eunuchs (Jeremiah 38:1–13 and Acts 8:26–40)
Chapter 16 A Flock of Eunuchs
Chapter 17 Eunuchs for the Sake of the Kingdom
Chapter 18 Torah Study
Chapter 19 Joseph(ine) (Genesis 37–50)
Chapter 20 Virile Women and Trans-Masculine Experience
Chapter 21 Resident Aliens and Feeling Different
Chapter 22 Letters of Liberation (Galatians 3:28)
Chapter 23 Gospel Style Resistance
Chapter 24 OtherWise Disciples and OtherWise Jesus
Chapter 25 Journey with Jesus
Epilogue Living OtherWise Ever After