God and the Transgender Debate (ebook)

God and the Transgender Debate ebook

What does the Bible actually say about gender identity?

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Helps Christians engage lovingly, thoughtfully and faithfully with one of the biggest cultural discussions of our day.

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What is transgender and gender fluidity? What does God's Word actually say about these issues? How can the gospel be good news for someone experiencing gender dysphoria? How should churches respond?

This warm, faithful and careful book helps Christians understand what the Bible says about gender identity. It will help us to engage lovingly, thoughtfully and faithfully with one of the most explosive cultural discussions of our day.

If you want to learn more and love better, and are open to considering what God has to say about sex and gender, this hope-filled book is for you.

Includes a section looking at practical questions including:

- Can someone be transgender and Christian?
- Should I mind if people who are biologically the other sex are in my restroom?
- What should church leaders do if a congregation member asks for their child to be identified as the opposite gender?
- Is it true that Christian teaching is harmful and can lead to depression and higher suicide rates?
- What about people who are born intersex?

Andrew T Walker is the Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

This title is available in braille, large print or on DAISY audio CD by contacting Torch Trust's Client Services team on 01858 438260.

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  • Foreword by R. Albert Mohler Jr
  • 1. He Had Compassion
  • 2. How We Got to Where We Are
  • 3. The Language
  • 4. On Making a Decision
  • 5. Well-Designed
  • 6. Beauty and Brokenness
  • 7. A Better Future
  • 8. Love Your Neighbor
  • 9. No Easy Paths
  • 10. Challenging the Church
  • 11. Speaking to Children
  • 12. Tough Questions
  • 13. Open Hands


Author Andrew T. Walker
ISBN 9781784981792
Format eBook
First published August 2017
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher The Good Book Company

Andrew Wilson

Pastor, author and columnist

Topics like this require a mixture of compassion and clarity, and Andrew Walker writes with both. This is a hugely helpful introduction to a complex, controversial and often painful subject.

Sam Allberry

Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; Editor at The Gospel Coalition

Andrew Walker brings a sharp mind and pastoral heart to a complex and often painful issue, and the result is a hugely helpful resource for the church today, full of wisdom, grace and truth. I recommend it highly.

Jackie Hill Perry

Writer and artist

I have been waiting for a resource that would provide me with a clear, loving, and gospel-centered analysis on the topic of gender dysphoria, and I have finally found it. This resource will be incredibly helpful in assisting the body of Christ to be a light in today’s cultural climate.”

Independent reviews

"A pastoral approach"

Todd Miles, The Gospel Coalition, October 20th 2017

Andrew Walker has done the church a great service. … All Christians, but especially pastors and elders, must think clearly, faithfully, and lovingly on the transgender issue—and for that reason, should read this book.... continue reading

"Deserves a wide reading"

Peter Dray, Bethinking, August 9th 2017

There is certainly no doubt that following the high-profile transitions of Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn, of film directors Andy and Larry Wachowski to Lilly and Lana, and boxing promoter Frank Maloney to Kellie, issues concerning gender and gender dysphoria have never been more in the public eye.

Walker claims that, too often, Christians have been on the back foot and have been too slow in responding to these social changes – and, above all, in responding well to the individuals involved. He wrote his book so that Christians might understand, love and relate to transgender people (and to the wider culture) in a biblically-authentic manner.... continue reading

"Definitely a book to make use of"

David Shaw, Primer, August 23rd 2017

There aren’t many areas of Christian theology where you might say “We don’t have enough books about that.” For a while now, though, we’ve been crying out for resources to help us reflect on and respond to the transgender movement. We are still far from having enough, but Andrew T. Walker’s book has plugged an important gap.... continue reading

Customer reviews


“A mixed bag”

(Review written for 'God and the Transgender Debate')

Two things stood out for me while reading this book. First, Dr. Walker’s compassion and generosity of spirit, demonstrating his sincere desire to know and do the will of God, shines through this book. Second, Dr. Walker doesn’t know what transgenderism is. From his definition early in the book to examples throughout (e.g., the story about the man who claimed he was a “6’5” tall Chinese woman”), the writer proves that he doesn’t understand the condition that transgender people suffer nor the experiences they live through. The danger of this is that it can be a “blind guide” (Matt. 15:14) leading to confusion, division, and pastoral and missional failure. Christians would do better to access Lead Them Home ministries; or read “Understanding Gender Dysphoria,” by Mark Yarhouse, which provides a much better understanding of what it means to be transgender. Better yet, reach out and befriend actual transgender people, especially transgender Christians. Get to know them and understand them first-hand, rather than depending on teachers who, no matter how well-meaning, don’t understand the issue they’re teaching about.

Thank you very much for your feedback on Dr. Walker’s book. I am glad that you were heartened by both his compassion and his desire to be faithful to what the Bible teaches. I’m slightly surprised that you feel he doesn’t know what transgenderism is - there is a whole chapter defining the various terms that are common and/or helpful to use, and your feedback doesn’t reference that chapter at all. Dr. Walker mentions the story about the man claiming he’s a tall Chinese woman to make a very different point - not to argue that making that claim is completely identical to experiencing gender dysphoria (which, as he explains, is not the same as identifying as transgender). I would also like to assure you that Dr. Walker did a great deal of research and spoke to (and, more importantly, listened to) many people who have experience of this area, and who have views of it that are different to his, before he wrote his book.
Carl Laferton (editor)


“Extremely helpful”

I would agree with the other testimonials shown here. It was a relief to find a book which covers the ground in such a well-informed yet incredibly gentle way. All of us are getting so confused by the gender debate, we really need help to make sense of it - the terms being used, and the philosophy implied. Here we get both theological principles and pastoral warmth: we'll be needing all of that!



(Review written for 'God and the Transgender Debate')

The writer tackles a subject that many Christians are reluctant to face or talk about. His real life honesty and high view of scripture, rate it highly in my opinion. I've bought several to pass on to fellow leaders, as I think every Bible believing leader should read and digest, and enter the arena that we will all eventually be pushed into!
A great easy-read, and opens the subject for others to take it further maybe. Great value for a worthy write!


“A very helpful book”

(Review written for 'God and the Transgender Debate')

This complements perfectly Vaughan Roberts book: Transgender. The book expands upon that theology in slightly more detail. It is pastorally sensitive and starts to deal with practical outworking. I would say every church leader should have on their shelf

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