Editor’s Note: The following book review appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Eikon.
Edited by James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy. Understanding Transgender Identities: Four Views. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2019.
A Christian’s engagement in the world appears more complex with each generation. In the area of transgenderism, questions are being raised that require careful thought for evangelicals. While the question of how to define and converse about transgenderism as a believer is not new, it is perhaps a conversation that needs to be engaged in a new way. Understanding Transgender Identities (Baker Academic, 2019), edited by James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy, highlights the conversation on transgenderism within Christianity using a four-views model by inviting five scholars with varying views on transgenderism to engage with one another’s ideas.
The book begins with an editorial introduction describing the history of transgenderism in…