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. …
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. …
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 TFL said the phrase was “outdated” and “belonging to yesterday”.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:-
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. …