Understanding transgender identities : four views / edited by James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy.

Contributor(s): Beilby, James K [editor.] | Eddy, Paul R [editor.]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]Description: ix, 258 pages ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781540960306; 1540960307Subject(s): Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Gender identity -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Transgender people -- IdentityDDC classification: 233/.5 LOC classification: BT708 | .U53 2019
Contents:
Understanding transgender experiences and identities: an introduction / Paul Rhodes Eddy and James K. Beilby -- Transition or transformation? a moral-theological exploration of Christianity and gender dysphoria / Owen Strachan -- The complexities of gender identity: toward a more nuanced response to the transgender experience / Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky -- Good news for gender minorities / Megan K. DeFranza -- Holy creation, wholly creative: God's intention for gender diversity / Justin Sabia-Tanis.
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Understanding transgender experiences and identities: an introduction / Paul Rhodes Eddy and James K. Beilby -- Transition or transformation? a moral-theological exploration of Christianity and gender dysphoria / Owen Strachan -- The complexities of gender identity: toward a more nuanced response to the transgender experience / Mark A. Yarhouse and Julia Sadusky -- Good news for gender minorities / Megan K. DeFranza -- Holy creation, wholly creative: God's intention for gender diversity / Justin Sabia-Tanis.

Comment by Tonya M.
06/22/2020

The Book of the Week for 6/19/20 is a rivoting and admittingly complex discourse entitled, "Understanding Transgender Identities: Four Views" authored by a diverse group of scholars spanning the spectrum of theological perspectives and lived experiences. Pertaining to gender identity and perspectival approach this topic is expansive and would need volumes to extrapulate all that entails the multi-faceted aspects of the trans experience.

In light of current debacles, a great many have been perplexed with the marginalization of various groups to where the grappling is persistent. This invariably holds true to our transgender brothers and sisters. As I reflect on the great Marsha Johnson of Stone Wall reknown I look with curious scrutiny and have found the voices of each scholar to be impactful and authentic to their prespective social locations.

It is important to note the depth of expertise that is present with this literary cohort. Very important contributions to the, "Queer Bible Commentary" Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis combines theological discourse to social and cultural aspects to transgender theology and community. Dr. Julia Sadusky has a mental health approach and speaks to the complexities of sex reassignment and one of her co-authors on several works is Dr. Mark A. Yarhouse whose position comes across in my reading to be ambiguous and not fully landing on solid ground. While he has co-authored 12 books, this work feels distant, however Yarhouse attempts to speak with respectful boundaries as he opposes Dr.Owen Strachan's point on spiritual practices. Dr. Owen Strachan comes from an evangelical Protestant theological stand point and as a Wheaton College graduate, his understanding of marginalization could also come from slave narratives surrounding his Institution. This is important to note.

Dr. Megain K. Defranza comes from yet another perspective, having her theme in gender minorities which include inter-sex individuals. She embraces the liberation of the twin soul aspect of the body, being neither male or female. This indeed takes much reflection as well as open-mindedness to include groups that are sub-groups of sub-groups.

The potential for ambivolent lackluster begs for us in dominant societies to consider the complexities of others within our broader community. Again this is a tremendous undertaking and the theological as well as scholarly intent is executed in more than reasonable form, although some authors may or may not be as easy to comprehend, overall this book is a healthy analysis of understanding transgender identities.

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