Gender 

The Transgender issue: further links and readings

It seems that over the past few years about once every six months or so I post something on this issue. I started writing about this perhaps as much as six years ago. Then it was still a fringe development in western culture but now it is a campaign whose time has come. The T is fixed in the LGBTQ constellation. As a result there are profound social changes going on and social policies are being formed without any clear (at least to me) philosophical or ethical foundation which makes…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index (15.12.2018 – weekend edition)

How to redesign cities to fight loneliness I recently wrote about loneliness and this explores how design changes could bring us together. This article on the other hand questions the narrative of a loneliness epidemic.  Wisdom and folly: the bishops’ guidance on transgender welcome It seems we have a new article on the transgender agenda almost every day. Here Ian Paul analyses the latest confusion from the Church of England.  Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, and there seems to be little that is angelic about this guidance.…

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Gender Links 

The Church & Gender III (Bumper links edition)

This is the third in a series of link posts The first was on the role of women in the church The second was about men and women in society This one is all about the fast moving transgender movement Disclaimers here about non-endorsements et cetera et cetera On transgender & technology The Transhumanism Revolution: Oppression Disguised as Liberation. Consider this paragraph: Contrary to popular perception and much of the transgender movement’s own rhetoric, transgender activism is not about compassion and dignity. Although transgender advocacy is couched in the language…

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The Curiosity Index (31.07.2018)

Did Jesus Think He Was God? “The claim is that many think that, while John shows Jesus to be God/divine, the Synoptics do not (e.g., Bart Ehrman). Pitre:” The problem is that the claim that Jesus is not depicted as God in the Synoptic Gospels is flat-out wrong. The only way to hold such a claim is to completely ignore both the miracles of Jesus in which he acts as if he is the one God, as well as the sayings of Jesus in which he speaks as if he…

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Gender 

The rise and rise of transgenderism

As I was writing the headline for this piece I went to write the word ‘debate’ and then changed my mind. No one is really debating this issue. The Economist ran a series of viewpoints on transgender issues but I didn’t see a viewpoint that actually critiqued the prevailing wind. It was a series amongst people who broadly speaking agree with each other. I don’t really see that changing. I do see western society absolutely hurtling towards the most significant social change it has ever made without very little thought and…

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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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Gender 

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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