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ss nucleus - May 2017,  Transgender


Vaughan Roberts

Transgender is hotly debated among Christians. This book is the perfect starting place for those new to the discussion. The book aims to give us 'tools to start to think and talk biblically' about transgender, and is a concise foundation for further reading around this complex issue. One strength is the book's accessibility. The pithy, engaging writing style allows readers to promptly cover the text, with each chapter seamlessly introducing the next. Despite the impressive brevity, Roberts explores an eclectic range of topics with significant detail.

Roberts challenges Christians to respond sensitively, while maintaining steadfast, biblical stances. Scripture is interspersed throughout the book, including Romans 2:10 and 3:10, which call us to be non-judgmental, and remind us of our own imperfections.

The conclusion has advice on how to respond caringly as parents, the church, and Christians struggling with gender issues. The struggle of the latter group is likened to that of Christians attracted to members of the same sex, which the author knows first-hand. In the preface of the fifth edition of Battles Christians Face, he acknowledges his own battle with unwanted same-sex attraction, later confirming his choice to remain celibate. Transgender encourages Christian medics to consider the subject 'biblically, constructively and compassionately' in clinical settings, 'and not to feel intimidated when we are challenged or questioned'by colleagues. I learnt a lot in this hard-hitting 60 minute read, and would recommend the book to all Christians.

Toyin is a medical student in Aberdeen
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