I have noticed a trend amongst specific Christian apologists who have been making YouTube videos arguing against Transgender people and arguing that sexuality that deviates from the “biblical norm” is a sin. I am amazed when these apologists spend so much time talking about homosexuality and gender identity. When they speak on these subjects, as if by virtue of their theological training, they try to come off as experts. Yet, when Muslims speak about Christianity, or Atheists argue against a theistic deity creating the universe, these same apologists argue that their opponents need to study Christian theology in detail, in effect, become experts.
Okay, maybe not experts, but certainly there is a spoken and unspoken expectation that the Christian apologist’s opponents need to study the subjects that they are attempting to critique. If Christian apologists are to be consistent, then they must be held to these same expectations. Christian apologists must demonstrate an understanding of the subjects of psychology, gender identity, and sexual variation when they are critiquing homosexuals, people who identify as trans, and legitimate psychological research when discussing mental illness.
I have rarely seen Christian apologists do this. Instead, they quote the Bible, literally, in an attempt to comment on the above topics. What is the problem with this? Well, they are quoting scripture written by authors who were not aware of the modern understanding of sexual variation, gender, and psychology. Their theological position prevents them from considering what modern research tells us. The danger of blind faith to spiritual literalism will eventually lead to this blockage in human progress and understanding.
I want to be clear, I am not saying that any Christian need abandon the Bible, or stop believing that persons such as Moses and St. Paul did not receive some special message(s) from the Divine. What I am saying is that Moses was not a psychologist and St. Paul was not an expert in sexuality or gender studies. To derive meaningful understanding of these subjects, and have one’s foundation be based on literal reading of scripture, is not the answer. As a Swedenborgian and Thelemite I view topics of human experience from a spiritual and rational perspective. I do believe that spirituality is important and scripture can teach us about human’s relationship to the Divine. However, when I study psychology and sexuality I look towards modern research and theorists who are not blocked by dogmatic literalism. I would encourage the Christian apologists on YouTube who have been discussing the issues of sexuality and gender to think about doing some actual research and consider the areas of study that they are experts in, and the areas in which they are still learners.