Andrew T. Walker – God and the Transgender Debate: What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity?
Expanded and Updated Edition
The Good Book Company
ISBN 976 1 784 986940
The transgender debate is not about to go away soon. For some Christian parents and schoolteachers this is an issue that faces them every day. Diversity and inclusion are hardwired into our society to such an extent that to lift one’s head above the parapet to offer a dissenting word invites incredulity and hostility. High profile instances like the attempt to cancel the Harry Potter creator JK Rowling are a case in point.
A substantial update of a book published in 2017, this is a biblical, wise and compassionate attempt to help individual Christians and the Church navigate the choppy waters of the gender identity debate.
It’s not a perfect book – some of the Americanisms might jar – and not everyone will agree with all of the Scriptural engagements, or the author’s practical applications, but overall this is a good start for anyone wanting to get a handle on this topic.
It is simple without being simplistic. This book recognises that there are some tough questions for Christians to ask and the author faces them with precision and grace. The author takes the Bible seriously but also takes people seriously.
I valued the way that Walker wrestles with the tough questions surrounding what might happen if a surgically re-aligned trans-gender person became a Christian. The author has wise words for that individual and the church who is seeking to help them understand what it means to be a follower of Christ.
John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia