The debate in our culture over sexuality has been raging for a while now. And sometimes it is difficult to find calm and clear voices who can cut through the rhetoric and the posturing and just provide solid biblical teaching on these complex issues.
For this reason, I am thankful for RTS Charlotte’s Dr. James Anderson, associate professor of theology and philosophy. In the video below, Dr. Anderson addresses our students at a lunch-time conversation on the issue of transgenderism. It is a wonderfully clear and concise treatment of this important subject.
James is one of the brightest minds in philosophical theology today. Check out his website here, and his latest book Why Should I Believe Christianity? If you are looking to study apologetics, philosophy, or theology, you need to come to Charlotte to study with him.
In this video, James lays out eight helpful theses about transgenderism, followed by some interesting Q&A. Here are the theses:
1. How you think about transgenderism will depend on your anthropology which in turn depends on your broader worldview.
2. The mainstream narrative on transgenderism has been shaped and supported by secular worldviews that are committed to human autonomy.
3. A consistently Christian approach to transgenderism must start with a biblical worldview and a biblical anthropology.
4. A biblical anthropology has to be grounded in the first three chapters of Genesis.
5. Gender dysphoria is a genuine condition which is best understood as a psychological disorder or dysfunction (and perhaps also as a deeper spiritual disorder).
6. The different aspects of transgenderism call for different kinds of Christian responses.
7. Since the biblical view is that there are only two sexes, male and female, and biological sex is the primary indicator of ontological sex, any treatment for gender dysphoria should proceed on the assumption that a person’s biological sex (rather than their gender identity) defines whether they are truly male or female.
8. The sexual revolution and the LGBT movement don’t merely invite God’s judgment—they are themselves a manifestation of God’s judgment (Romans 1).
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