Sunday, September 9, 2018

Beauty & the Christian Sexual Ethic: Additional Resources

* These are additional resources for the class at Redemption Church (Peoria)--Sept-Oct 2018.  

Week One:

Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcey is an excellent work!

What is the Meaning of Sex? by Denny Burk.

Five Principles of the New Sexual Morality by Alastair Roberts.
Principles at work in our society and, at times, the church, that we need to be aware of to effectively live and communicate the Christian vision of sexual ethics.
You Are Not Your Own: A Critique of Liberal Social Ethics by Timothy Hsiao
A philosophical analysis of the concept of "self-ownership" from the broad natural law tradition. 
The Virginity of Jesus by Alastair Roberts
A short meditation on Jesus' virginity and singleness.
Sex in Heaven?  by Randy Alcorn
A brief answer from Randy Alcorn.
Week Two:

Sex, Lies, and Secularism by Nancy Pearcey
A 2011 article from Christian Research Journal.  It has some of the ideas in seed-form which are fully developed in her 2018 book Love Thy Body.
What Makes Sex So Special? by Thomas K. Johnson

The Meaning of Marriage: Two Views by Andrew Sandlin

Chastity and the Goodness of God: The Case for Premarital Sexual Abstinence by Steve Tracy
Makes the case from Scripture and natural consequences.
9 Things You Should Know About the STD Crisis by Joe Carter
Updating of statistics for use with Steve Tracy's article "Chastity and the Goodness of God."
Sexual Hookup Culture by the American Psychological Association (2013)
Facts and statistics from a number of different studies.
Silicon Debauchery: More Evidence the Hookup Culture is Human Malware by Nancy Pearcey

What Is Marriage? by Sherif Girgis, Robert P. George, and Ryan T. Anderson
A philosophical argument from within the natural law tradition.  Published in Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy vol. 34, no. 1 (Winter, 2010).  Later expanded into a book: What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (New York: Encounter Books, 2012).

Week 3

50 Resources for Equipping the Church on Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage by Joe Carter.
Just what the title says it is.  This is from the Gospel Coalition.

 Is God Anti-Gay?by Sam Allberry.
A short but powerful book written by someone who struggles with same-sex attraction.  The link to the publisher also has video resources of Sam Allberry's presentations.

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield.
Dr. Butterfield's journey out of lesbianism into Christian faith.

"'Love Does Not Delight in Evil, but Rejoices with the Truth.' A Theological and Pastoral Reflection on My Journey Away From a Homosexual Identity"  by Sean Doherty.

Seven Things I Wish My Pastor Knew about My Homosexuality by Jean C. Lloyd.

God and the Gay Christian: A Response to Matthew Vines by a number of authors from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
This book is available for free download at the link above.

Robert Gagnon is one of the foremost experts on the Bible and homosexuality.
His website has numerous resources (written and video) dealing with all the arguments from the Bible, theology, and social science.

Is Homosexual Practice No Worse Than Any Other Sin? by Robert Gagnon.
"As we shall see, there is a mountain of evidence from Scripture (in addition to reason and experience) that shows (1) sins do differ in significance to God and (2) God regards homosexual practice as a particularly severe sexual sin." 
A New Testament Perspective on Homosexuality by Thomas Schreiber.
Dr. Schreiner is an evangelical New Testament scholar and he surveys the New Testament teaching on homosexuality as well as interacting with those who attempt revisionist readings.
Why Evangelicals Should Ignore Brian McLaren: How the New Testament Requires Evangelicals to Render a Judgment on the Moral Status of Homosexuality by Denny Burk.

When LGBT Families Come to Church: We Can't Choose Between Truth and Love by John Stonestreet

Bethlehem's Position on Homosexuality  by John Piper.
This is a model for churches to follow as they consider how to think, lead, and love in the midst of dealing with the issue of homosexuality in the church.
"Sexuality and Gender: Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences" The New Atlantis (Fall 2016) by Lawrence S. Mayer and Paul R. McHugh
"This report offers a careful summary and an up-to-date explanation of many of the most rigorous findings produced by the biological, psychological, and social sciences related to sexual orientation and gender identity. We examine a vast body of scientific literature from several disciplines. We try to acknowledge the limitations of the research and to avoid premature conclusions that would result in over-interpretation of scientific findings. Since the relevant literature is rife with inconsistent and ambiguous definitions, we not only examine the empirical evidence but also delve into underlying conceptual problems. This report does not, however, discuss matters of morality or policy; our focus is on the scientific evidence — what it shows and what it does not show."

Week Four

When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Movement by Ryan T. Anderson.
Very good on the social, philosophical, and medical issues.

Love Thy Body by Nancey R. Pearcey.
The best book on a number of different issues.  I bought the book after one reviewer said that the chapter on transgenderism was worth the price of the book--and they were right!

God and the Transgender Debate: What Does the Bible Actually Say About Transgender Identity? by Andrew T. Walker.
A very good introduction to the issues that is also pastorally sensitive.  A good place to begin the journey in understanding this issue and how the church should respond.

Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female by Ashley McGuire.
Covers a great deal more than issues related to transgenderism.


Transgender Ideas Never Stand Alone and Never Stand Still by Richard Klaus.
An essay I composed for the Christian Post based on my GCC panel discussion presentation.
The Clarity of Complementarity: Gender Dysphoria in Biblical Perspective  by Owen Strachan.
Good biblical and theological discussion.
Confronting the Transgender Storm: New Covenant Reflections on Deuteronomy 22:5 by Jason S. DeRouchie.
Another good biblical piece showing the relevance of God's law as understood through the lens of the New Covenant.
The Unchangeable Difference: Eternally Fixed Sexual Identity for an Age of Plastic Sexuality by Daniel R. Heimbach.  Chapter 10 (pp. 275-289) in Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood edited by Wayne Grudem.
Makes biblical and theological arguments for the fact that gender continues into the eternal state.
Are Souls Gendered? by Steve Hays.

Reasoning About Gender by Elliot R. Crozat
Abstract: In this paper, I explore two views about gender. I refer to the first as gender dichotomism. I refer to the second as transgenderism. Next, I argue that (1) the burden of proof is on the apologist of transgenderism to show why gender dichotomism is false, and (2) this burden has not been met. Finally, I provide supplementary notes to clarify how certain terms are used in the paper. I forward the points in this paper in the hope that they help to engender further dialogue in the spirit of Socratic clenches.
A Brave New World of Transgender Policy by Ryan T. Anderson in The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy Vol. 41, no. 1 (2018).

A New York Times Writer's Reckless Hit Piece on My New Transgender Book by Ryan T. Anderson
Ryan Anderson responds to a negative review of his book When Harry Became Sally.

Understanding Our Transgender Moment--An interview with Ryan T. Anderson

The Philosophical Contradictions of the Transgender Worldview by Ryan T. Anderson

Here Are Five Reasons Transgender Policies Are Harmful by Ryan T. Anderson

Transgender Ideology Hurts Kids by Ryan T. Anderson

Parents Just Lost Custody of Teenage Daughter Who Wants to "Transition" to a Boy: What You Need to Know by Ryan T. Anderson

Michelle A. Cretella, “Gender Dysphoria in Children and Suppression of Debate” Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons vol. 21, no. 2 (Summer 2016)

Pressing Pause on the "Transgender Moment": Ryan T. Anderson's "When Harry Became Sally" by Matthew J. Franck

Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme by Walt Heyer

This Man Received 167 Sex-Change Surgeries: He Lives in a World of Regret by Walt Heyer

The Transgender Matrix: It's Time to Choose the Red Pill by Walt Heyer

50 Years of Sex Changes, Mental Disorders, and Too Many Suicides by Walt Heyer

Casualties of a Social, Psychological, and Medical Fad: The Dangers of Transgender Ideology in Medicine by Daniel Payne

What's Wrong with the New NIH Study on Transgender Kids? by Jane Robbins and Erin Tuttle

Alix Spiegel, “Q & A: Therapists on Gender Identity Issues in Kids” NPR (May 8, 2008). 
"Here, NPR talks with two psychologists who take radically different approaches to the issue — one whose treatment aims to help kids feel comfortable with their biological sex, and the other whose approach is to allow the children to live as the gender with which they most closely identify at the time."
Memo to the Washington Post: The Bible Does Reject 'Transgender' Behavior by Robert Gagnon.