Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God

Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God

Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God

Sex Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female, and Intersex in the Image of God

Synopsis

Charts a faithful theological middle course through complex sexual issues How different are men and women? When does it matter to us -- or to God? Are male and female the only two options? In Sex Difference in Christian Theology Megan DeFranza explores such questions in light of the Bible, theology, and science.Many Christians, entrenched in culture wars over sexual ethics, are either ignorant of the existence of intersex persons or avoid the inherent challenge they bring to the assumption that everybody is born after the pattern of either Adam or Eve. DeFranza argues, from a conservative theological standpoint, that all people are made in the image of God -- male, female, and intersex -- and that we must listen to and learn from the voices of the intersexed among us.

Excerpt

For love and sex and faith and fear
All the things that keep us here
In the mysterious distance
Between a man and a woman

From “A Man and a Woman,” U2

How do we measure the mysterious distance between a man and a woman? How different are men and women, really? What about those whose bodies and lives tend to bridge and blur the very distance of difference? How much does it all matter at the end of the day? These are just some of the questions that have dogged me for almost two decades now, despite my many attempts to outrun them.

How I Got Here

Difference certainly mattered in the church of my youth. in the conservative corner of the evangelical Midwest in which I grew up, questions of sex difference were rarely raised but rules of sex difference were regularly enforced. Under our quaint white country steeple, women could sing and serve as Sunday school teachers, but preaching and passing the communion plate were out of the question. Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever saw a woman take the offering in all my years there. I didn’t care much at the time. Petite, inquisitive, Goody Two-Shoes that I was, I was content to serve as a pillar of the youth group and president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at my local . . .

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