Gender 

When it comes to gender everyone is confused

To even the most casual observer the western world is in a flux when it comes to understanding gender and no-one seems to have a clear idea about what this present time means or where we are heading into the future. And if you look to the church for clarity you’ll come away disappointed. The fact that confusion is everywhere is both surprising and completely to be expected. Christians of nearly all theological persuasions would say that if you leave the Biblical pattern for life (whatever you think that to…

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Gender 

The Transgender debate: readings

I’ve written numerous times about the new front-line for progressives in Western society as they champion the right to be able to change your gender. As it’s a completely unheard of social experiment in world history whose outcome is totally unknown it’s worth tracking. It reveals the underlying convictions and values of this society and of course I’m looking for how thoughtful Christians are responding to this issue. What’s been happening? Judge Partially Blocks Trump’s Ban on Transgender Troops in Military – like most things in America, public policy is decided in the courts…

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Male and female He googled them

At the beginning of August one of the world’s most famous and powerful companies was caught up in an almighty row over the Almighty’s design blueprint. Google found itself fighting about what it means to be male and female (and how it goes about hiring men and women). James Damore (a then employee) wrote a memo which got him fired. Having read the memo its tone is one of debate and discussion even if you don’t agree with its arguments. But there are some things you just can’t say and saying that men…

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Opposing ideas but loving people: dealing with the transgender issue

Recently in America President Trump revoked the right of transgender men & women to serve in the US armed forces (or at least that’s what he plans to do); in the UK the Church of England General Synod, passed a motion calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions. Not only that but in the UK this autumn a new Gender Recognition Bill will be debated. As Peter Saunders reported on his blog: Men and women will be able to change their gender without a doctor’s report and amend…

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Sex, marriage, singleness, gender: the works

Over the years I’ve collected a lot of information on this blog about the whole arena of sexual ethics and the constant battle Christians face to maintain the ethics that have formed them since its inception. So why keep focusing on this area? David Lamb offers 5 reasons to talk about sexual ethics The culture is obsessed The Bible talks about it We discover a gracious God Jesus is magnified It’s a natural cross-generational discussion Lamb argues, “When we don’t talk about sex and the culture yells about it, whose…

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Getting comfortable with differences

Complementarianism. It’s not a very elegant word compared to its rival, egalitarian, with its revolutionary pedigree. Complementarian, made up in the 80s, was supposed to be a vehicle to carry the positive picture & dignity of men and women as equal but different. It’s struggled. Even the root word complementary has a dull sheen compared to the lustre of equality. Those who have argued that the two main identifying sexes humanity, male and female, are complementary but not identical, similar but not the same have in recent decades found themselves significantly…

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The transgender debate: Links & reading

It became clear some time ago that the next boundary to be redrawn, following the success of same-sex marriage would be that of gender identity. I’ve been collecting different links and resources on this issue and I’ll endeavour to keep this post updated as an ongoing resource for people wanting to be informed on this issue from a Christian perspective. As a place to begin you might want to consider my 4 observations about the transgender debate Understanding the situation Matt Hosier has been tracking the transition which should give you a helpful…

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The troubled man

It is not uncommon these days to hear about a crisis of masculinity. If you think, this only comes from reactionary misogynists committed to the defence of patriarchy then think again. There are plenty of voices from across the political spectrum who are deeply concerned with the state of modern man. The idea that men are somehow doing badly is a paradoxical one, as The Economist rightly, pointed out in an editorial on the subject: At first glance the patriarchy appears to be thriving. More than 90% of presidents and prime ministers…

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