Responding to the Transgender Revolution

Rob Smith | October 12, 2017

Editors’ note: The source version of this article (and a downloadable PDF) can be found at Christ on Campus Initiative. Check out CCI’s website for more excellent articles. You can also listen to Rob and Claire Smith lecture on transgenderism in the podcast “Is This the End of Gender?

On January 30, 2017, a landmark decision was announced by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The decision was that the BSA would now “accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application.” This is a revolutionary change. For the last century, the BSA, like single-sex schools, colleges, and other gender-specific organizations, has determined eligibility for its programs based on an applicant’s birth certificate. Needless to say, it only admitted biological males. But no longer. “Trans-boys” (that is, biological females who identify as boys) can now join the BSA. The change, however, is far from isolated. It is simply one of numerous similar developments taking place across the Western world as part of, what many are rightly calling, “The Transgender Revolution.”

The phenomenon of transgenderism not only provokes reactions, but inevitably raises questions—questions about what is real

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