Transgenders’ as Gender Refugees: An Analysis of Faith and Reason in a Technological Age
Michelle Achieng Digolo Nyandong, Gerald Anji Acho

“Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make man in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]” Genesis 1:26. This Judeo-Christian understanding of the creation of man is being challenged by Transgenders? and their desire to change their gender from that which was assigned to them at birth. For long man has looked at two genders, male and female but transgendered people challenge this narrative by proposing an alternate gender. One which is more fluid and not limited to sexuality. With technological advancements in the medical field, Gen 1: 27 raises disturbing questions. Could transgenders also be made in the image and likeness of God or are they gender outlaws? As human beings we all possess the special identity of image of God. This article therefore, grapples with the question of God?s action of making human beings in His own image and likeness in relation to the technological crisis that has advanced sex change and hormonal treatments. Inspired by the works of Brendan Sweetman, Pope John Paul II and Scott Appleby, this paper challenges Christians to go out of their comfort zone and embrace transgenders as individuals like them. Individuals with dignity. Individuals with the same Heavenly Father such as them. It proposes respect for peace especially in the church by being, militants for peace.

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