God and the Transgender Debate

What does the Bible actually say about gender identity?

Andrew T. Walker

Helps Christians engage lovingly, thoughtfully and faithfully with one of the greatest cultural discussions of our day. Read more >>

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“a uniquely beautiful and very practical book. Absolutely ‘Must-Read’ material.”
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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?

Product details

Contents

  • Foreword by R. Albert Mohler Jr
  • 1. He Had Compassion
  • 2. How We Got to Where We Are
  • 3. The Language
  • 4. On Making a Decision
  • 5. Well-Designed
  • 6. Beauty and Brokenness
  • 7. A Better Future
  • 8. Love Your Neighbor
  • 9. No Easy Paths
  • 10. Challenging the Church
  • 11. Speaking to Children
  • 12. Tough Questions
  • 13. Open Hands

Specification

Author Andrew T. Walker
ISBN 9781784981785
Format Paperback
First published 2017
Dimensions 135mm x 216mm x 15mm
Language US English
Pages 176
Publisher The Good Book Company
Commendations

This will not be the last word on this complex experience but the author’s tender application of God’s Word to our muddled lives today should make this book one of the first places to turn for Christ-like grace and truth as we seek to love all our neighbours as ourselves.

Ed Shaw

Pastor of Emmanuel City Centre, Bristol & Co-Founder of www.livingout.org

The transgender debate is one that easily arouses passions – on both sides. With gospel clarity and Christ-like compassion, Andrew Walker skilfully navigates a path between the folly of affirming transgenderism and the cruelty of dismissing the distress of those who experience gender incongruence. In so doing, he helps us to see why the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news for the transgendered and how Scripture equips the church for the good work of loving the LGBTQ community. I highly commend this clear-headed and warm-hearted introduction to one of the most challenging issues of our time.

Rob Smith

Lecturer in theology, ethics and music ministry at Sydney Missionary & Bible College

To many of us the transgender discussions are bewildering and unsettling. Andrew Walker's short book deals well with the emotional issues and is a kind and clear lesson in how to respond with godly love and wisdom. We must see the groaning of people today as a wonderful way to introduce the groaning for "the glorious freedom" (Romans 8:21).
This book will help us all to care and counsel well.

Simon Manchester

Senior Minister, St Thomas North Sydney

Independent reviews

God and the Transgender Debate.

Darren Middleton, Australian Presbyterian, May 1st 2017

Walker’s book confidently and graciously wades into the muddy water of gender and identity and brings clarity and understanding to the cultural debate surrounding transgenderism and the new consensus of gender fluidity and erotic paucity that underpins it.

He argues that the decoupling of biology and gender is a form of cultural Gnosticism (pg. 29), where self-perception is not only different but more important than their physical body (realty). Walker helpfully warns the Church not to make the mistake of universalising cultural expressions of gender, while affirming gender differences rooted in the biology of male and femaleness, by God’s good design. Walker sums it up ‘God’s design for men and women in this way: equal, and different; intended, not interchangeable… and created to complement one another.’ (pg. 58-9)

Understanding that the biblical teaching is like eating gravel for many in our culture, let alone some in the Church, Walker’s response is not just a doubling down on orthodox anthropology; it’s a passionate call for a gospel response to both sin and brokenness. He then spends many chapters painting a practical picture of what this looks like to love our neighbour, be the church and bear with those that suffering gender dysphoria. He calls for the church to be compassionate, convictional and gracious communities where those suffering gender dysphorias find hope in the gospel, grace in his promises, and willing travellers for the hard journey home.

There is an important chapter helping think through how we should speak to children about this issue at home and church. It includes a heartfelt plea to parents not to cut off their children who are transgender but to treat them more like a prodigal child whom you love and yearn to return home. The book helpfully concludes with a chapter of ‘tough questions’ that are often faced by parents, congregations, and pastors with wise biblical and pastoral answers. I would warmly recommend Walker’s book to pastors, congregations, and parents as a helpful gospel contribution to the transgender debate.... continue reading

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