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.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
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About the Author
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.Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Across the Spectrum.Beilby and Eddy are coeditors of six other successful multiview volumes, including Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views.
Table of Contents
ContentsUnderstanding Transgender Experiences and Identities: An Introduction Paul Rhodes Eddy and James K. BeilbyTransgender Experiences and Identities: A HistoryTransgender Experiences and Identities Today: Some Issues andControversiesTransgender Experiences and Identities in Christian PerspectiveIntroducing Our Conversation1. Transition or Transformation? A Moral-Theological Exploration of Christianity and Gender Dysphoria Owen StrachanResponse by Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia SaduskyResponse by Megan K. DeFranzaResponse by Justin Sabia-Tanis2. The Complexities of Gender Identity: Toward a More Nuanced Response to the Transgender Experience Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia SaduskyResponse by Owen StrachanResponse by Megan K. DeFranzaResponse by Justin Sabia-Tanis3. Good News for Gender Minorities Megan K. DeFranzaResponse by Owen StrachanResponse by Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia SaduskyResponse by Justin Sabia-Tanis4. Holy Creation, Wholly Creative: God's Intention for Gender Diversity Justin Sabia-TanisResponse by Owen StrachanResponse by Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia SaduskyResponse by Megan K. DeFranzaGlossaryIndexes