It is now clear that our culture’s quest for sexual freedom is leading to some problematic and disturbing places. A few years ago it was homosexual marriage and now it is the transgender movement. It is frightening to think of what is next (here is one possibility).
There are a number of helpful resources that Christians have offered to respond to these trends. But, I appreciate this recent and brief (only 3+ minutes) video by RTS Charlotte professor of theology and philosophy, James Anderson.
James is one of the brightest minds in philosophical theology today. Check out his website here, and his latest book What’s Your Worldview? If you are looking to study apologetics, philosophy, or theology, you need to come to Charlotte to study with him.
Here is James’ answer to the question: “What is the Christian Response to Transgenderism?”:
Excellent perspective. We would all do well to be more deliberate, more thorough in how we deal with this issue. Thank you Dr. Anderson.
I have a good friend who came to the UK from Europe in the late sixties aged 16. S/he had severe gender dysphora and was given the full treatment, including surgery, and now lives as a man.
Following his treatment he was taken to church by friends (who did not know his past history) and under the ministry of Rev. Dick Lucas, one of the great evangelical Anglicans, he was soundly converted. He stated that it was as if he had been waiting all his life to hear the gospel. But the past had already happened and the physical changes could not be reversed.
He married a Christian woman (they are still together) and although she initially did not know his history she came (with a lot of difficulty) to accept him as he was /is.
A complex pastoral issue to say the least!
Chad Carson says
Would you recommend “Shedd’s Dogmatic Theology” for the Christian worldview of Anthropology?