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Conservative Christianity, Gender Identity, and Religious Liberty

A Primer and a Proposal

Authors: de Jong, Dirk H.

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  • Describes the struggle around gender identity in conservative Christian communities 
  • Offers a framework for reconciliation between various moral and religious points of view 
  • Written for academics, pastoral care workers, and those with an interest in current issues related to gender and religion
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This book explores the intersection of conservative Christian values and contemporary theories and expressions of gender identity, i.e. transgender and genderqueer identities. More specifically, it examines the conflict between beliefs about religious liberty and transgender rights. It also proposes a pluralistic morality, allowing for both faith-based values and scientific discoveries about gender to resolve that conflict. Along the way, Dirk de Jong explores various contextual issues: The increase in the number of people who identify as trans or nonbinary, the differences between biblical and queer conceptualizations of gender, the impact of religious freedom policies on transgender rights, the controversy around Title IX exemptions in higher education, the emergence of trans advocacy in conservative Christian communities, and the role of dialogue in social transformation efforts with respect to gender.

About the authors

Dirk H. de Jong is Assistant Professor of Social Work at Siena College, USA. He conducts research on transgender issues in conservative Christian communities and has published several articles on this topic. 

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“This is a thoughtful book that seeks better understanding and practice regarding gender identity and religious freedom. In his useful survey of a quite complex issue, de Jong opens up a wide variety of perspectives and shares the results of his preliminary research. Although I would like to see more nuanced development of the issue of religious liberty and moral philosophy, this book is a good place to start.”
David Sherwood, former editor of Social Work & Christianity

 

“Through thoughtful and compassionate inquiry, this book undertakes one of the most challenging issues of today’s ‘culture wars.’ With the wellbeing, dignity, and inclusion of transgender and non-binary people at stake, DeJong engages with a diversity of Christian viewpoints, creating a space for moral inquiry that often remains elusive in contemporary discourse. Embracing a moral pluralism that includes religious and non-religious perspectives, transformative dialogue is offered as a potential pathway to social justice for all.”
Loretta Pyles, University at Albany, USA

 

"This timely book insightfully sets out a responsive framework, undergirded by ethics of care, for negotiating trans equality in conservative Christian communities and institutions. Building on compelling interview data, De Jong persuasively lays foundations for the possibility of broader transformation in conflicts between religious freedom and non-discriminatory social inclusion."
Susannah Cornwall, University of Exeter, UK

 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conservative Christianity, Gender Identity, and Religious Liberty
Book Subtitle
A Primer and a Proposal
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-42393-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-42393-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-42392-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 94
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