Some resources for thinking through transgender-related issues

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The following links and resources outline some conservative Christian approaches to transgenderism and gender identity issues (GII). If you’re a Christian or a curious open-minded person, you might find these links helpful. These links express the opinions of the authors/speakers only, and are provided to stimulate further thinking in these areas.

  1. What should be our approach to people who experience GII? This article suggests we need to hold firmly to the objective truth of God’s word, while relating graciously and carefully. While this article is focused on women who internally feel like men, it applies both ways.
  2. This article takes a firmer view, seeing the wider cultural acceptance of transgender ideology as a deliberate undermining of God’s good order for relationships and sexuality.
  3. There are plenty of thought-provoking articles on the gender-related topics at the “The Gospel Coalition” website (USA). Find them all here. I think you’ll especially find this compassionate, personal article by Sam Allberry helpful.
  4. This book, simply entitled “Transgender”, is a helpful and clear Christian introduction to this topic. It’s a short book, affordable, and a good one for giving away to other Christians.
  5.  An interesting quote from a psychiatrist about the scientific facts concerning gender confusion. He says “you don’t fix unhappiness with surgery.”
  6.  Here is one website that is filled with very well-argued articles on a range of topics. It’s definitely worth checking out.
  7.  A prominent gay atheist says that transgenderism is a “lie”. Read it here.
  8.  This link suggests the modern ‘cult of gender’ is harmful to children.

I hope you have the chance to read the above links and, with an open Bible, are able to arrive at some clear conclusions about this subject. If nothing else, we should at least strive for two key things: compassion and conviction. We should maintain a gentle, listening posture towards those who experience concerns about their gender, while affirming the objective goodness of God’s created order and the reality of personal wholeness which is found only in Christ.

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