Category: Gender

‘A better story’ – 11

Who am I?  People today are obsessed with the question of self-identity.

But a coherent sense of identity is under threat:-

In the past people settled into relatively stable patterns quite early on in their life cycle – a long-term job, getting married, bearing children. Now the transition from adolescence to adulthood stretches into the early thirties, with an ever-widening range of possibilities offering vastly increased options for how to be ‘me’ today.

The problem is magnified by the rise of hyper-connectivity, with the proliferation of social networks and streams of information. …

Sexual orientation and gender identity

This recent post by Ian Paul has prompted me to return to the subject of statistics on sexual identity.

According to the Office for National Statistics:-

  • In 2016, just over 1 million (2.0%) of the UK population aged 16 and over identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB).
  • The population aged 16 to 24 were the age group most likely to identify as LGB in 2016 (4.1%).
  • More males (2.3%) than females (1.6%) identified themselves as LGB in 2016.

Why not change your name, gender AND age?

So a 69-year-old Dutch man wants to reduce his age by 20 years.  Emile Ratelband has launched a legal battle to change his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969.

I guess that most people would greet this news with a smile and a shrug of the shoulders. After all, “there’s nowt as strange as folk”.

But look at Ratelband’s reasoning:- “We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender.…

Gender confusion

I don’t often expect to be in agreement with Robert M. Price.  But, looking for something else on his blog, I found this:-

From a man who thinks that most of the Bible (including the accounts of the life of Jesus) is a bundle of myths, I’ll gladly say ‘Amen’ to that statement.…

Equal, but different

Egalitarians often complain: ‘When you complementarians claim that women and men are “equal but different”, you really mean “unequal and different”.’

This is a charge that must be taken seriously.

But what says Scripture?

In their commentary on Genesis 2:18, Bruce Waltke and Cathi Fredricks, while affirming the essential equality of the man and the woman, suggest that role of the latter as ‘helper’ to the former does imply a certain structure of relationship.  The man was created first, then the woman (cf 1 Tim 2:13), and the woman was created to be the man’s helper, not vice-versa.  …

PYO gender, kids?

As noted recently by Sam Hailes on the Premier Christianity blog, issues relating to transgenderism have been hitting the news with considerable frequency:-

Transport for London recently announced they’d no longer use the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” when making public announcements. TFL said the phrase was “outdated” and “belonging to yesterday”.

Last month a Canadian transsexual refused to give their baby a gender. Kori Doty complained the baby had not been issued a birth certificate because officials say a gender of either male or female must be registered.…


Summarising Vaughan Robert’s short book on this subject:-

1. Transgender

Transgender is today’s big social, ethical and cutural issue.  Stories of transitioning, debates about which public bathrooms to use, documentaries on transgender children, are impacting us on almost a daily basis.

How are Christians to respond:- not only to the issues, but also to the people involved, as we come into contact with them?

‘Transgender’ covers a range of experiences in which an individual’s sense of gender does not match their biological sex.  …

Should children choose their gender?

Children as young as three are being asked what gender they identify with.

Parents in Brighton and Hove who are seeking a place for their children in primary school, have been asked to ‘support your child to choose the gender they most identify with or if they have another gender identity please leave this blank and discuss this with your child’s school.’

Read a more detailed report, along with some thoughtful comments from one of the parents, here.  …