Understanding Transgender Identities

Four Views

by James Beilby (Author)Paul Rhodes Eddy (Editor)James K. Beilby (Editor)
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"A groundbreaking book"

Owen Strachan, Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky, Megan K. DeFranza, and Justin Sabia-Tanis offer a full-scale dialogue on transgender identities from across the Christian theological spectrum.

"A groundbreaking book that will support Christians in deepening their theological and biblical understanding and their reflections on pastoral care. The presence of four perspectives shows there is no simple for-and-against binary here; rather, Christian certainties, worries, concerns, and joys intersect and diverge across these four views. While this may frustrate those already solidly committed to a point of view, it may delight the intellectual and curious mind. The most grateful readers will be those sincere Christians who wish to love their transgender neighbors as themselves but are bewildered or uncertain about the linguistic, scientific, biblical, theological, and pastoral complexities associated with transgender identities. Understanding Transgender Identities will honor that sincerity while stretching readers to consider a broad range of information and viewpoints."
--Jenell Paris, professor of anthropology, Messiah University

"Every Christian leader needs to think through questions related to transgender identities and experiences. Every Christian leader, therefore, needs to read this book and humbly and critically consider the various views. Paul Eddy and James Beilby have put together a thoughtful team of scholars addressing some of the most important ethical questions facing the church today."
--Preston Sprinkle, president of the Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender

"As an outsider to Christianity and an insider to transgender experience and scholarship, I found this explicitly Christian exercise in 'understanding transgender identities' to be a provocative read. Although none of the authors reference the prophet Isaiah's invitation to come 'reason together' (Isa. 1:18) as an enactment of one's faith, this is precisely what most impresses me about the book--that authors with diametrically opposed views on the compatibility of Christian and transgender identities can argue respectfully about their radically divergent interpretations of the same foundational texts. At a time when transgender issues have become weaponized in the culture wars, this is an orientation toward dialogue and encounter that we would all do well to emulate."
--Susan Stryker, founding coeditor of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly


James Beilby, Author

Paul Rhodes Eddy, Editor

Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of a number of books, including Across the Spectrum. Eddy is the coeditor (with James K. Beilby) of six successful multiview volumes, including Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views.

, Editor

James K. Beilby, Editor

James K. Beilby (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of systematic and philosophical theology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has written or edited numerous books, including Thinking about Christian Apologetics. Beilby is the coeditor (with Paul Rhodes Eddy) of six successful multiview volumes, including Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views.