Questions tagged [gender]

Applies to the church or denomination's teaching on the state of being male or female (typically used with reference to social and cultural differences rather than biological ones)

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Are there any denominations that teach a complementarian view of heterosexual marriage, and also recognize same-sex marriages?

Are there any Christian denominations that teach a complementarian view of opposite-sex marriages (the husband should lead and the wife should submit), while also recognizing same-sex marriages? If so,...
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Did Early Church acknowledge the Holy Spirit as Feminine?

Did the Early Church acknowledge the Holy Spirit as Feminine? An article recently titled “ The Holy Spirit as feminine: Early Christian testimonies and their interpretation” note that the early Church ...
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On What Basis do Churches that uphold Inerrancy Authorize Female Preachers? - 1 Corinthians 14:34 [duplicate]

Women should keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. Many churches these days feature female pastors, preachers and teachers. ...
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A question about the difference between men and women

Because the Bible teaches that God made men directly in His image but women indirectly (1 Timothy 2:13) and that God transcends all moral judgment (Romans 9:20), what does this imply about the ability ...
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How do Protestant Christians explain gender dysphoria/transgenderism?

The Scripture mentions homosexual practises a lot but Scripture seems silent about transsexualism. This question is asking answers from a Protestant perspective preferably those who uphold the ...
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Will we have a new name in Heaven?

There has been a tradition among Catholic nuns to adopt a new name on the day of their Religious Profession, as a token of their having adopted a new method of living. A few Orders of religious ...
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Under what circumstances may female Jehovah's Witnesses teach doctrine to men in an evangelistic setting?

I will apologize at the outset as this question stems more from anecdote than from research. Anecdote 1 - Some years ago, while at the local dump, I was approached by a woman for help unloading the ...
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How do liberal Protestants reconcile support for transgenderism with scripture?

The Bible does not strike me as welcoming to transgenderism: The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are ...
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What does the Bible say about gender segregation and free mixing of sexes in public places?

Islamic scholars claim it is against Islamic rules to attend events where there is free mixing of men and women (such as concerts, proms and parties): There follows a list of haraam things which both ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, do we retain our gender in Heaven? [closed]

The Bible tells us repeatedly that our earthly actions will impact our ability to enter the gates of Heaven. Some Biblical passages say that our earthly actions can improve or lessen our experience of ...
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What is the basis for Lombard's view that the basis of justification for OT men was different than for OT women?

While reading J. V. Fesko's The Theology of the Westminster Standards, I found an interesting tidbit in the context of his discussion of justification in Reformed theology: Medieval theologians ...
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What medieval theologians debated whether angels are male or female?

Hildebrand, Man, Woman, and the Meaning of Love, § "Friendship Between Man & Woman", §§ "There are many spiritual differences between the sexes" claims: In the Middle Ages the ...
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Why do people believe God is genderless?

From a few feminist-like individuals I have heard the argument that God is actually genderless, and despite God being called Father in the scriptures they refute these claims. As a reformed protestant ...
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Gender Segregation in Small Groups and Prayer

TL;DR What Biblical justification is there for gender segregation in prayer/small groups? and has there been any study on the affect which this segregation has on the people involved? In various ...
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What is the Biblical basis for rejecting Feminist Christian Theology which says we should use female pronouns for God?

Today I was tasked with answering the above question, but having spent a lot of time searching for information, I’m not even sure I fully understand what it is. Here is a brief overview: Feminist ...
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When did the angel archetype change from masculine to feminine?

Throughout the bible, angels typically appear as men or a masculin form. They're often described as warriors, engaging in battle. (Source) However, in modern, generally Western (or at least American)...
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Current views about whether it’s appropriate to refer to God as "It"? [closed]

I have recently read in a book about some debate around the fact that God is considered a masculine figure (He/His) and that we should find gender neutral of expressing the same ideas. In my native ...
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How are intersex people explained by Christianity?

Now I'm not asking for ethical apologetics but more of a scientific or creationist/Genesis explanation on their existence and how it coincides with the Bible. God created Male and Female only, and yet ...
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What are the teachings of Catholic Church on the implications of gender-change by individuals, in their life-after-life?

We read at Gen 5:1-2: ""... When God created humankind, he made them in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them “Humankind” when they were ...
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What is the biblical basis for only Men being created in the image of God? [closed]

My pastor says that only men are made in the image of God, not women. He's not a sexist. He believes the verse in Galatians which says we are all one in Christ Jesus but he says God only created Man ...
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How do egalitarians understand male headship?

From Ephesians 5 in a complementarian lens, it is understood to be a reflection of how men and women ought to work together in marriage for God's glory - though I am aware that egalitarians and ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the husband being the main/(sole) provider?

(This question seems to especially apply to modern western societies) I’ve come across renown preachers (MacArthur, Bachmann, et al) that the man is the provider according to God’s design of the ...
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What is the status of Eunuchs now in the Church and also in the world to come?

Eunuchs, who are considered to be the third gender, are also human beings. Some eunuchs are made by other human beings, particularly in the ancient times. Some people voluntarily become eunuchs as an ...
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What is the stance of the LDS Church on gender?

Gender is a hot topic as of late, with a seemingly small but very vocal minority preaching that gender is fluid, non-binary, and that people may choose to identify with whatever gender they wish. ...
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Basis for priesthood restricted to men

Is there a scriptural basis (preferably in Doctrine & Covenants) for the priesthood being restricted to men (at least on this earth)? If not, what is the explanation for this practice?
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Was any transgender person ever ordained as a Catholic priest?

We find this entry in the Wikipedia: "Theodora of Alexandria was a saint and Desert Mother who was married to a prefect of Egypt. In order to perform penance for a sin she committed, she disguised ...
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Is there a term used by transgender Christians who don't want to transition because of their faith?

I know that some gay/same-sex attracted Christians who choose to follow traditional church teaching and pursue celibacy call themselves "side B" or "gay celibate" Christians. Is there a corresponding ...
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Complementarianism - What are the roles of men and women in the church?

Complementarians believe that men and women are equal but have different yet complementary roles assigned by God. What do complementarian church leaders in history believe are the differing roles of ...
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Why is God considered by many to be a male?

I am not a Christian, but I believe in many of the biblical stories and the message that they provide for the world to be a better place. I think the Bible could be more accepted and it’s strong ...
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What is the biblical basis or precedent for restricting women from serving in war?

In the United States, the Secretary of Defense just lifted the ban on women in combat. Many Christians seem to oppose this idea and believe that women should not be put in combat. What is the ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be not merely physical/biological?

From the perspective of the tripartite nature of man--that men and women have a body, a soul, and a spirit--is there a biblical basis for the position that gender is not merely present in the body or ...
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Is there any biblical justification for referring to God as Mother?

On one occasion, I heard someone prayer, "To God, our Father and Mother." In The Shack, the Trinity is represented as three persons, where God the Father is a woman. Is there any biblical ...
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What is an overview of arguments given by churches that allow women to plait their hair to support that practice? (1 Peter 3:1-6)

Consider this passage from 1 Peter 3, 1 Peter 3:1-6 KJV Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the ...
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What is the biblical basis for the concept of male headship?

The concept of "male headship" is prevalent in various Christian traditions. What is the essence of and the biblical basis for this concept? I understand that this is a controversial subject, but ...
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Are there equal numbers of male and female Christians?

I've heard it suggested the male/female ratio of Christians is such that there are significantly more female Christians than male Christians. Is this true? I don't seem to be able to find an answer ...
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When and how did men and women start sitting together in church?

As I understand it, the early church began in homes but then at some point (it's another question) started meeting together in larger meetings. My question is: did men and women sit together from the ...
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Why are there only male popes?

I didn't found sources of female popes (I don't count "Pope Joan", as it wasn't respected from the society). Does give the Bible or Theology give a reason/explanation for that? I'm of course aware of ...
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Why are wives considered the "weaker partner"? (1 Peter 3:7) [closed]

In 1 Peter, we read: 1 Peter 3:7 (NIV) Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the ...
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Why did the pope say gender is a property of essence?

In his 2012 Christmas address, Pope Benedict XVI said: According to the biblical creation account, being created by God as male and female pertains to the essence of the human creature. The use ...
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How do we know to refer to the Holy Spirit as He?

Another question really got me to thinking about the Holy Spirit. I thought it better to open a new question rather to divert the focus of that thread. So growing up, I also thought of the 1st ...
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What is the Catholic explanation as to why God has revealed himself in "male" terms?

The Catholic Church teaches that God is neither man nor woman. CCC 370 In no way is God in man's image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the ...
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What is the biblical basis for considering gender to be purely physical/biological?

In my other question, I asked what the biblical basis was for considering gender to not be merely physical, but also present in a person's soul and/or spirit. However, there are some who believe that ...
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Why is God referred to as male rather than female? [closed]

Did God choose to reveal his being to us as a male instead of a female or is that something which can be attributed to our understanding? Thank you for your answers.
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Do any Christian groups refer to God as "she", "it" or "they"? (Or is it always "He"?)

In this age of “Political Correctness”, it seems that many people now frown upon the use of he as a gender-neutral pronoun with which to refer to the Christian God, though it was universally used for ...
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Does the Bible support the concept of male spiritual headship? [closed]

What I mean by this is a little beyond "Wives submit to your husbands." In Joshua 7:22-25 Joshua stones and burns the entire family of Achen, including his children, after he sins by ...
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Does the Bible forbid a man from dressing like a woman?

Are there any verses in the Old or New Testaments that forbid a man from dressing like a woman? My question was prompted by this news article about the Harvest Crusade event and the comments that ...
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God created male and female.... What about those who do not fit in the box? [closed]

Often times I hear the argument that marriage is between a man and a woman, God made them male and female, (adam and eve not adam and steve ..etc). My question is for those who do not fit into the ...
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The Bible and Gender [duplicate]

How, in this modern day and age, does christianity view the phenomenon of homosexuality and transgender individuals? It does seem possible, even probable, depending on how you set the assumptions and ...